The Focused Journal Method

The Focused Journal Method

Dr. Maisel’s Focused Journal Method is an elegant, systematic way of meeting life’s challenges using intentional journaling.

“I love the Focused Journal Method! I feel like a detective working out the mysteries of my own life. Focused Journaling hasn’t replaced my everyday journaling but it is a stupendous addition to the tools I use to make sense of life!”—Stephanie R.

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Dr. Maisel’s Focused Journal Method is an elegant, systematic way of meeting life’s challenges using intentional journaling.

Whether you’re a seasoned journal keeper or new to journaling, you can easily employ Dr. Maisel’s step-by-step method to better solve any personal problem, practical problem or creative problem you may be facing. You’ll learn Dr. Maisel’s innovative method, hear from people who’ve used it to address their concerns, and begin to apply it to your own life.

Perfect for journal aficionados and a great tool for coaches and therapists, too! This eight-week class is a self-guided learning experience that you can do at your own pace.  You can start right away with learning this transformational journaling method!

The Focused Journal Method has 8 steps that will be taught in detail within this course. These include:
Step 1. You identify an issue
Step 2. You examine its significance
Step 3. You identify core questions
Step 4. You tease out intentions
Step 5. You notice what shadows get activated
Step 6. You identify the strengths you bring
Step 7. You align your thoughts with your intentions
Step 8. You align your behaviors with your intentions

Discover how to use journaling to deepen your relationship with yourself and create the results you want in your life with The Focused Journal Method.

 

Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than fifty books, among them Overcoming Your Difficult Family, The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, Life Purpose Boot Camp, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Why Smart People Hurt, Coaching the Artist Within, Ten Zen Seconds, Humane Helping, A Writer’s San Francisco and A Writer’s Paris.

A retired family therapist, active life coach and creativity coach, and mental health advocate in the areas of critical psychology and critical psychiatry, Dr. Maisel writes the Rethinking Mental Health blog for Psychology Today, the “Coaching the Artist Within” print column for Professional Artist Magazine, and serves as editor for parent resources at Mad in America.

Dr. Maisel lectures nationally and internationally, facilitates deep writing workshops in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, and Rome and at workshop centers like the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center, and presents keynote addresses for organizations like the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry and the International Association of Pastel Societies.

“The Focused Journal Method helped me solve a family problem that had me completely baffled. The answer that I got wasn’t that easy to put into practice but it was a blessing to finally have an answer!” Anne G.

“I used the Focused Journal Method to help me figure out why my writing career had stalled and why I’d gotten so depressed about my current writing. A whole tangled knot of issues got unraveled in a way that I don’t think could have happened with my usual journaling practice.” Leslie L.