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The Creative Journal
The Art of Finding Yourself: 35th Anniversary Edition

By Lucia Capacchione

“The process of healing is the product, and her work guides us in the process, presenting us with tools for change.”

Bernie S. Siegel, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles: Lessons Learned about Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients

“Beginning with The Creative Journal, Capacchione has been a powerful champion of the therapeutic potential of keeping one’s own drawing journal.… In [her books] she discusses her personal journey and how journaling has facilitated her growth and development…. This intimate touch engages readers and offers them permission to tell their stories through working in their journals.”

Art Therapy

“I think both drawing and writing encourage a fundamental need that we have for self-expression. There may be an added benefit to writing in that it translates experiences into language—which helps the person to resolve a trauma more quickly.”

James W. Pennebaker, author of Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval

“Lucia Capacchione’s workshop was a powerful tool on my healing journey. She shares her insights and gives you the opportunity to heal your relationship with your inner child.”

Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life

Originally released in 1980, Lucia Capacchione’s The Creative Journal has become a classic in the fields of art therapy, memoir and creative writing, art journaling, and creativity development. Using more than fifty prompts and vibrantly illustrated examples, Capacchione guides readers through drawing and writing exercises to release feelings, explore dreams, and solve problems creatively. Topics include emotional expression, healing the past, exploring relationships, self-inventory, health, life goals, and more. The Creative Journal introduced the world to Capacchione’s groundbreaking technique of writing with the nondominant hand for brain balancing, finding innate wisdom, and developing creative potential.

This thirty-fifth anniversary edition includes a new introduction and an appendix listing the many venues that have adopted Capacchione’s methods, including public schools, recovery programs, illness support groups, spiritual retreats, and prisons. The Creative Journal has become a mainstay text for college courses in psychology, art therapy, and creative writing. It has proven useful for journal keepers, counselors, and teachers. Through doodles, scribbles, written inner dialogues, and letters, people of all ages have discovered vast inner resources.

Lucia Capacchione is the bestselling author of The Creative Journal: The Art of Finding Yourself, Recovery of Your Inner Child, and many other Creative Journal Method books for recovery, healing, and life planning. Her work and professional training program have found an international audience, and her books have been translated into multiple languages.   More info →

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Retail price: $28.95, T.
Release date: September 2015
78 illus. · 200 pages · 7 × 10 in.
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Retail price: $49.95, S.
Release date: September 2015
78 illus. · 200 pages · 7 × 10 in.
Rights:  World

Release date: September 2015
78 illus. · 200 pages
Rights:  World

Additional Praise for The Creative Journal

“[Capacchione] not only helps to bring out the best, but helps to discover that there is a best that is worth bringing out.”

Norman Cousins, author of Anatomy of an Illness

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