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Finding Balance Through Journaling

Posted by Dima Dupéré on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 @ 08:01 PM

Finding Balance in the Midst of Challenging Work.jpgI started journaling regularly in my early teens.  For me it was a chance to express what I had difficulty saying out loud - voice my questions about life, friendships, hopes and concerns one generally has at that time.  I continued to journal on a fairly consistent basis until my late 20s when I was introduced to a group journaling practice based on the work of Progoff.

Writing has saved my life many times over.  It has permitted me to make sense of my feelings, make better choices, grieve, celebrate and reflect.  In exchange, I have become one of its biggest advocates.

Since becoming a social worker / therapist, I have integrated journal writing in a big way into my practice.  I have spread the message of journaling to clients and have also trained other professionals to integrate it into their work

It remains an important part of my own life.  I continue to write and reflect daily.

I recently created a coloring book/journal for ‘helpers’: anyone who spends a large part of their life helping others professionally or personally.  I wanted to encourage mindfulness and self-care.  

I am quite proud of it and am now working on producing a French version.  Finding Balance in the Midst of Challenging Work is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

My publications include a Manual for professionals on how to use therapeutic writing, some prompts for journaling at year end and the colouring book.

Author Bio

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Passionate about the therapeutic value of words and art, Dima Dupéré is a therapist / social worker who engages creatively to help people thrive.

Whether facilitating a group, training professionals or offering individual psychotherapy, Dima believes the first place of healing is found in the stories individuals tell themselves and others. Her specialty is therapeutic writing (for groups or individuals), something she has practiced in her own life for over three decades.
 
Her clinical approaches include: psycho-education, cognitive behavioural therapy, ego state therapy, narrative therapy and are always strength based. Her main interest is to assist individuals with life transitions, in particular life changes caused by illness or injury, chronic pain, grief, mental illness or childhood trauma. She has found that integrating writing exercises into her practice assists clients in finding their voice, their strength and their individual path. As well, they get to know themselves better and increase in self-esteem and confidence.

Learn more here: http://www.dimadupere.com/Publications.html

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I started journaling over 18 years ago and soon realized the wonderful benefits journal writing can have.  When I started this blog, it was with the intent to share my own experiences and the incredible health benefits I was experiecing through my journal writing practice.

As things have evolved and I've continued to experience the impact journaling can have on overall  health -  including physical, mental, emotional aspects -  the content here has expanded to cover all the ways individuals can benefit from their own journal writing.  

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Whether you are an exerienced journaler or new to the practice of journal writing, this blog will provide you with many different voices, insights and ideas to inspire your journaling journey.  

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