Journaling can have many positive effects on your journey of healing and abuse recovery. Receiving feedback from peers can make that experience even better.

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Peer Journaling on SwanWaters

We introduced the term ‘peer journaling’ on SwanWaters, a way for your journal to give you feedback, advice and cheer you on. Over the years we have experienced how helpful it is to get feedback from fellow-survivors on our memories and thoughts. Specifically because we have learned not to trust our own minds, observations and memories.

Using the SwanWaters forum as your journal gives you some additional benefits.

  • Reading the responses and stories of fellow-survivors will help you make more sense of your own experiences. It is sort of a learning short-cut, but one that actually works.

  • The value of validation cannot be charged to ANY major credit card!

  • Your fellow-survivors will make observation about your writing that you did not. They will make connections that you could not see. They may link it to something you said earlier, or relate it to one of their own experiences that can help your healing.

  • The members of SwanWaters are some of the best cheerleaders in the world. We love seeing each other succeed and thrive after abuse. So when we see you do well, we will shake our virtual pompons in your honor.

  • We have all been there, we know what it is like and how crazy it feels! You do not have to justify yourself, you don’t have to convince it that this really happened (however strange it may sound).

So come join us and start on your peer-journaling journey!

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Having gained experience while working for a variety of European non-profits, I am proud to now work with SwanWaters. My connection with the website is not only professional. I am glad to tap into my personal experiences to help those who are living in toxic relationships whether with parents, partners or in their professional life. We need to make the world more aware of the devastating effects of emotional abuse and help more people on their way to heal and thrive.

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Journaling can have many positive effects on your journey of healing and abuse recovery. Receiving feedback from peers can make that experience even better.


  1. Profile photo of Sondra Kelley
    Sondra Kelley

    May 10, 2017 at 1:18 am

    What if you just can’t seem to put the pen down? There is so my h sitting On and in my heart I could probably write for weeks non stop

    • Profile photo of Mags

      May 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I so know how you feel! Been there, done that :)
      Here is what I usually do when I feel there is too much to deal with in my head:

      – I type instead of write, simply because typing is faster for me. It has the added bonus that I can share (parts of) my writing to the forum to get some feedback from other survivors.

      – I create a “parking space” for ideas that I want to explore at a later time. It is nothing more than a page where I collect some words or phrases to remind me of those ideas at a later time.

      – Block some time every day. Find a moment in your day when you can get some time to focus. Set a timer if need be. 20 minutes a day for a few days or weeks will get you a long way.

      Also, sign up for the journaling challenge (the link is on the news feed)

      Good luck!


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