Writing Therapy

An affordable, self-guided alternative to talk therapy.

Individualized Care

The Writing for Healing system is designed to be customized for each participant. When you tell your confidential therapist about your trauma and stress, they’ll design a six-week program to help you achieve your goals.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore several forms of writing to find what works best for you, including poetry, short stories, journaling and free-association.

Proven Results

Keeping your pain and trauma bottled up has been shown to lead to conditions like depression, anxiety, addiction, high-blood pressure, chronic headaches, digestive problems and even reduced lifespan.

Studies have shown writing therapy creates long-term improvement to physical health, emotional well-being and a greater sense of value and purpose.


WritingForHealing.org is the home of the IWTA, a group of therapists and counselors who have completed both the patient and therapist programs of Writing Therapy and have been certified to use our system to help their own clients. When you contact us to start our program, we’ll connect you with the best therapist for you, based on their areas of experience and expertise.

About Us

Author Tweed Jefferson wrote two novels in 2020, using his teen and young-adult years as inspiration. Unknowingly, the process of writing about his trauma helped him recover from the depression and anxiety he’d been suffering from for over twenty years. Using his writing process and other creative exercises, we developed the Writing for Healing system to help others recover from their trauma and stressors in an affordable and self-managed way that can be done at your own pace.


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Continued Care

Once you’ve completed our six-week program, we’ll provide you with additional activities and writing prompts to continue working on your own. Don’t worry, you can always schedule follow-up appointments with your therapist for feedback on your writing or to help keep you on track.


Do you have a story to tell? Have you always wanted to write a book? Sharing the stories of your personal experiences can help others find relief from their own pain and traumas.

Participants in our program will have exclusive access to our experience editing, formatting and publishing. We’ll help you plan your book and, once you’ve written it, we’ll help you with layout and publishing.

Therapist Certification

As a therapist or psychologist, the more tools you can utilize to help your clients, the better. Our system is available to therapists for incorporation into existing procedures for patient care.


You’ll complete the six-week client program first, then you’ll be provided with the therapist’s handbook, featuring dozens of activities and writing prompts to help you customize therapies for your clients.



If you’re looking to begin a new career as a therapist, you can get certified as a writing therapist through the International Writing Therapy Association. We’ll give you the tools you need to begin your own six-week programs and add you to our therapists database to help you find clients.


No previous experience or licensure necessary.

Local, Remote and International

Writing for Healing and the International Writing Therapist’s Association offers writing therapy courses and instructor training around the world, both via Zoom/Skype or in person. Our home-base is in Visalia, California, with regular visits to Fresno, Hanford, Madera, Selma, Kingsburg, Bakersfield and surrounding areas. Corporate or group sessions are available in these areas on a regular basis. In-person presentations or sessions can be scheduled in advance for other regions of the United States, North America and worldwide. Internet, phone, email or text sessions for individuals are available year-round.

Due to Covid, all individual sessions and instructor trainings will be held remotely. Group/corporate sessions may still be scheduled on request.