Susan Borkin, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1978 she has specialized in the therapeutic use of journaling. A true pioneer, she was working in the field of writing therapy, before such a field even existed, and long before the word “journaling” became an internet buzzword. Susan is the author of Writing from the Inside Out (1995), When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes (2000), The Healing Power of Writing: A Therapist’s Guide to Using Journaling with Clients (W.W. Norton, 2014) and When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Journaling (2021).  Committed to helping creative people get unstuck with and through writing, she works with people interested in using writing as part of their healing, growth, and transformation. As an advanced facilitator and faculty member of Veriditas, the international training organization for labyrinth facilitator training, her newest work is the development of programs on “Journaling the Labyrinth.”

Susan’s work is informed by both the fields of positive psychology and everyday creativity. She continues to hold a global vision of a world in which journaling is available to all and the pen is truly mightier than the sword.