What is a visual journal?
Visual journaling has been used in a variety of ways such as a form of self-regulation, stress management, documentation, and to help people who have experienced trauma cope with hyper-arousal or distress.
The visual journal is a book that contains images and words to reflect upon and record one’s unique lived experience. Some may refer to it as an art journal or a “creative journal”.
In the kit you will also find information regarding the use of the visual journal and prompts to help you get started. We’ve also included the code to use when booking the tele-therapy session. The DCT Essentials kit is based on the belief that everyone should be able to benefit from psychotherapeutic support wherever you may be.
How does a visual journal support mental well-being?
- It engages the whole brain. The process of getting creative with images and writing personal narratives or reflections activates the left and right hemispheres of our brain and strengthens the wiring (communication) between them.
- It facilitates order and control. Externalising our experiences or struggles on the pages of a journal allows us to offload, gain a new perspective, organize and make sense of its significance with focus and intention.
- It provides containment. Our experiences are dynamic, not static. We often have multiple narratives at different points in our lives. Hence, the visual journal stands as a tangible repository of our varied emotions and personal stories. It is a container of our struggles and triumphs – a place we can go to freely, to revisit, reprocess, or keep track of our progress.
- It encourages emotional regulation. In addition, the process of creating in the journal can be a reparative process.
As visual journaling is a powerful tool that we can come to freely to place deep emotional experiences, conducting this endeavor with a qualified art therapist would allow for a greater component of safety (especially when writing about traumatic events, losses or interpersonal problems).