DOI link for Strategic Journaling
Strategic Journaling book
Strategic journaling can be introduced as follows: You seem to be having a lot of thoughts and feelings about [client's problem] but you are fighting yourself about working through them. You need to let yourself process and work these feelings out. A good way to do this is to put them into words on paper by writing in a journal or diary. It's important that you don't overwhelm yourself, however. You have been stopping yourself from really thinking and working out your emotions about this for a while. Because of this, I think you should write about [client's problem] in your journal for only a short time each day, such as half an hour. Try to stick to this amount of time; with a shorter time you may not have enough time to really process the thoughts and a longer amount of time may overwhelm you. Try to make it the same time period every day; it should become your personal journal time. When you have thoughts or feelings about [client's problem] at other times of the day, try to tell yourself to wait until your journal time to work them out. Do you understand what I'm asking? Do you think you could try this for a week and see how it goes?