Coaching Specialty

Ms. Cushman currently offers individual coaching in expressive writing through a specialized therapeutic program – It’s All About the Journal: Words that Heal- for individuals suffering from traumatic experience, anxiety, and/or substance abuse. After surviving several traumatic experiences herself, including a stint in Iran where her husband was jailed as a political prisoner, she was restored through first a form of expressive writing, then creative writing, in conjunction with additional therapeutic tools. Further, as a life long journal practitioner, she understands and seeks to help others uncover and understand unresolved issues, manage Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms and/or ameliorate and resolve substance abuse and anxiety.

Specific strategies include:

  • 4-day targeted writing prompt strategies
  • Alternative writing strategies
  • Breaking Mental Blocks
  • Changing Perspectives
  • Recontextualizing
  • 6-week targeted expressive writing
  • Creative Writing as healing.

Each individualized program is tailored to meet a person’s needs with an eye toward restorative health through the writing process. This innovative program is drawn heavily from researchers’ Dr. James W. Pennebaker, PhD, and John E. Evans, Ed.D. landmark publication, Expressive Writing: Words that  Heal, along with several other sources, notably, Healing and Recovery by Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD, and Loving What Is, and The Work by Bryron Katie, among others.

For additional information about expressive writing, please contact Ms. Cushman at or by calling 310.901.1897.