A therapeutic letter is from the practices of Narrative Therapy (Epston and White).  It is a letter sent to the client, with their consent, that highlights the parts of the session they want to remember.  A letter can help clients:

  • remember something they had not thought of before
  • Ponder new ideas
  • Focus on new ways they have started thinking about their birth/postpartum story

Why Therapeutic Letters

  • they allow people to remember counselling sessions
  • they can be a reminder of the new stories they are beginning to tell themselves
  • they can be read long after therapy is over and kept as evidence of change
  • research has shown they can be as useful as up to 4 counselling sessions

click here for an example of a therapeutic letter. 

Letter