1st Edition

A Therapist’s Guide to Writing in Psychotherapy Assessment, Documentation, and Intervention

By Michael D. Reiter Copyright 2023
    296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This guide practically aids mental health professionals in understanding and improving their therapeutic and academic writing, demonstrating how the written word is an invaluable tool to document, assess, and promote change with those in and outside the therapy room.

    Exploring the various ways writing occurs in psychotherapy professions, Michael D. Reiter comprehensively covers the range of the written word, from progress notes and assessment documentation, to journaling and therapeutic letters, as well as contacting larger systems such as report writing and grant applications. Chapters are formatted to include the purpose and function of a particular type of writing before providing multiple examples so therapists can apply this in their own practice. This book aims to help all therapists, regardless of academic training or therapeutic modality, to incorporate these ideas into their work.

    This book is designed for mental health professionals in a variety of settings, including counselors, therapists, social workers, family therapists, and clinical psychologists. This book is useful for graduate students as well as those already in practice.

    1 Writing in Psychotherapy

    2 Writing Progress Notes

    3 Assessment Writing

    4 Forms and Pragmatic Letters

    5 Therapeutic Letters to Clients

    6 Temporal Therapeutic Letters

    7 Client-Written Letters

    8 Client Writing Therapy

    9 Documents and Counter-Documents

    10 Writing in Psychotherapy via Technology

    11 Writing for the Legal and Medical Contexts

    12 Article and Grant Writing in Psychotherapy


    Michael D. Reiter, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Florida and an AAMFT-approved supervisor. He has taught family therapy courses for more than 20 years and written 11 psychotherapy books and co-edited two books on therapy with couples.