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Life Writing Psychotherapy Groups


Based in Toronto, Joan Barr has had a career as a teacher and a medical practitioner. Initially trained as a School Teacher, Joan Barr taught school in the Toronto area for 3 years, in both a traditional high school setting and as well, in an “Open Plan” school where she taught in an experiential learning environment, and provided creative Outdoor Educational experiences for her students. As a Medical Practitioner for 38 years, she initially practiced Comprehensive Medicine, and for the subsequent 19 years she focused her medical practice on providing Medical Psychotherapy. In 2005, Dr. Barr trained in Expressive Writing, and subsequently she led psychotherapy groups using this writing technique. In this milieu, group members wrote autobiographical vignettes based on actual events that they have experienced and subsequently shared with other group members.