Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 19–26 | Cite as

Exploration of Sexual Identity Through Poetry Therapy

  • Daniel O. Bowman
  • Robert J. Sauers
  • Ryan P. Judice


This paper discusses the use of poetry therapy, utilizing poems composed by the client, as a supportive, creative technique in counseling young people as they explore issues relating to sexual identity. It also considers the implications of the use of poetry therapy as an adjunctive technique with a life-skills approach in counseling, and suggests some strategies for resolving sexual identity problems. There appears to be supportive evidence that writing poetry anchors insights into a context, physically as well as metaphorically, which provides a reference point for transforming experience.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel O. Bowman
    • 1
  • Robert J. Sauers
    • 2
  • Ryan P. Judice
    • 3
  1. 1.The Citadel Counseling CenterUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeUSA
  3. 3.The Counseling Center, The CitadelUSA

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