Life Writing Psychotherapy Groups

Based in Toronto, Dr. Joan Barr has had 38 years of experience as a Medical Practitioner, initially practicing Comprehensive Medicine. For the subsequent 19 years, she focused her practice on providing Medical Psychotherapy – both individual (1-1) psychotherapy, and since 2010, she led psychotherapy groups using Autobiographical / Life Writing. In the psychotherapeutic group experience, which has been called Narrative Competence Psychotherapy, Dr Barr led participants through a personal journey of examining their life stories. Group members wrote autobiographical vignettes based on actual events that have been experienced… incidents from one’s past or current life. Stories were shared the following week within a safe group environment. The exercise of attending to writing stories, and then sharing, helps to develop coherent ways of thinking and expression, as one’s life story is externalized and more observable.