Welcome to Writing for Wellness

Oncology Nurse

Today, patients, caregivers, and medical professionals in our struggling health care system face increased stress, long hours, burnout, and compassion fatigue (provider overwhelm). As more people get ill, and as more budget cuts are made, the challenges are further compounded.

Writing for Wellness provides a low cost, accessible intervention that is scientifically proven to make a difference.

The maze of emotions and challenges that accompany a diagnosis can be debilitating and overwhelming. Therapeutic writing – writing down one’s thoughts and feelings — can help to improve physiological and psychological well-being. For those suffering from a chronic or acute illness, their families, or their professional caregivers, the benefits of writing can provide a vital coping tool.

In addition to freeing emotions, when patients write their thoughts and feelings about stressful events their heart rates slow, their bodies are better able to fight infection, they experience a general sense of well-being. For caregivers, journal writing has been shown to decrease compassion fatigue, burnout, and stress.

Writing for Wellness is not simply another writing workshop. It teaches individuals and groups how to use therapeutic writing to achieve wellness of body, mind and spirit. Founded on an integrated medical model, scientific research, and specific, advanced tools of therapeutic writing, Writing for Wellness empowers individuals to:

  • Deal with difficult emotions
  • Identify coping strategies
  • Improve communication skills
  • Promote self-care
  • Create and maintain self-directed change

What Clients Say About Janice’s Work:

"I can't write my way out of a paper bag. So when I learned that I had cancer, things stayed locked inside. My wife and I talked, I shared with friends, I never shied away from the subject, but I never let out everything until I learned how to journal."

— Steve, Cancer Survivor

"All my adult life, I have wanted to start journaling. I always lacked the motivation and tools to begin. A one-hour session with Janice Putrino gave me just what I needed to begin a journaling practice. Practicing writing bursts allowed me to see how much I could record in just five minutes. Now I am journaling every day. Thank you, Janice."

— Mary D. Brady, MD
Education /Outreach
Compassionate Care, Inc.

"As a hospital chaplain I have always encouraged those I counsel to write about their feelings as a healing way to release all the “stuff” they tend to accumulate and tuck away. The Writing for Wellness workshop validated that for me as I personally received the benefit of release through journaling."

— Gail Conners, Hospital Chaplain