Dr Kylie Fitzpatrick developed Curative Writing while researching creativity and the unconscious mind.
Curative Writing reconnects us with our authentic voice. When we write something down, as opposed to verbalising it, the brain restructures our thoughts revealing what the noisy mind has overlooked. The human brain thinks in narrative and is drawn to stories that have structure and meaning. Curative Writing allows us to find meaning in our life stories.
In the early twentieth century a new field of research opened up to investigate the latent wisdom of the unconscious mind. This is now known as depth psychology.
Curative Writing is influenced by the ground-breaking life-work of the depth psychologist Ira Progoff, who wrote the first doctoral thesis on Carl Jung and further progressed Jung’s work into unconscious processes. Curative Writing is also informed by Narrative Therapy, developed by psychotherapist Michael White, and by social psychologist James Pennebaker’s insight into writing as a means of discovering personal meaning.
Progoff saw writing as a means of identifying one’s life-direction, and neuropsychology now recognises the benefit of life-writing to our mental health and wellbeing. Curative Writing combines simple journaling and narrative techniques which can lead to profound insights and changes.
Kylie facilitates courses, seminars and workshops in communities, the workplace, for arts organisations, and within academia.