The Write Way
‘The Write Way’ project aims to provide a space where the participants can engage with therapeutic writing (writing for wellbeing). Evidence indicates that therapeutic writing (writing for wellbeing) and reflection can be beneficial for individuals affected by traumatic experiences by increasing understanding, insight, and integration. Through a variety of safe interventions (mostly writing, as well as drawing), the focus will be on participants’ gaining of awareness about various aspects of both the
body and mind.
Past traumas can leave someone feeling overwhelmed and helpless. “Writing organises trauma” (James W. Pennebaker). Transforming both the past traumatic, as well as the nourishing experiences into words, can allow a greater sense of clarity and control over life, therefore an increased sense of resilience and empowerment.
It is important to note that these sessions can have therapeutic benefits however they do not substitute psychotherapy sessions. Participants do not necessarily need any literary skills but be able to write expressively and not necessarily accurately. Certain prompts will also aim to engage the participants’ latent creativity.
The sessions will be offered by two qualified Gestalt Psychotherapists who have a special interest in bibliotherapy. Through this project, we hope to foster a creative community amongst refugees and asylum seekers. One which, eventually, will allow the individual who participates to feel part of a community outside of their own. One of the aims is for communities who work with different
organisations here in Malta to socialise and come together to create art collectively.