I am here to help you write your story in your own words…whether for yourself, your family, or the world at large.
I offer guidance in exploring diary writing and storytelling for self-healing and personal fulfilment. For example, I am a mentor in using writing as a therapeutic tool for managing and recovering one’s healthy self from an eating disorder, and other life challenges.
Above all, I am here to inspire you through using narrative skills to live your best, most meaningful, life.
I am a great fan of diary writing – the benefits are many. Importantly it is never too late to start keeping a diary – if you haven’t kept a diary yet, start today!
In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). My research demonstrated how extracts from unsolicited, private diaries can brought together to create a book about any subject. My particular research focused on using extracts from unsolicited diaries to create a book about the usefulness of journaling in eating disorder treatment.
Using writing as a therapy for eating disorders: The Diary Healer and the process of using personal diary excerpts to assist people with eating disorder Alexander, June (2017): Using writing as a therapy for eating disorders: The Diary Healer and the process of using personal diary excerpts to assist people with eating disorders. CQUniversity. Thesis. https://hdl.handle.net/10018/1211443.
My contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where I was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy.
I am a co-chair of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group. I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and Writers Victoria, and am a Rotarian.
The diary, a book in which a daily record of events and personal experiences can be kept, offers a window into life in the past. My first diary, a gift for Christmas in 1962, was a small book with the word ‘Diary’ embossed on the front cover. Inside, an introductory 15 pages contained information considered useful for the 1963 diarist.