Therapy Notebooks

The After-Trauma Notebook


Written Exposure Therapy to Process, Release, and Heal

Find the words and space to redefine your relationship with trauma. This notebook guides you through Written Exposure Therapy, a first-line treatment for compassionately confronting and reprocessing a traumatic or stressful memory. You’ll work at your own pace with this proven method as you take the first step toward healing.


  • This notebook is filled with 128 pages of 75 gsm cream paper for a smooth & fluid writing experience.
  • Soft bound with a flat lay binding, this notebook is lighter than their hardcover Anti-Anxiety Notebook, but filled with the same high-quality, evidence-based content you know and trust.

Who this helps:
Maybe you're suffering from the grief of losing someone, a tough breakup, in-between jobs, or experiencing PTSD. Trauma can take many forms, but Written Exposure Therapy is an effective form of treating and moving on from stressful moments, past and present.

How It Works:
  • Find a comfortable space and time to begin your weekly journaling.
  • The After Trauma Notebook is based on Written Exposure Therapy - a 5-week program with one journaling session per week. Therapy Notebooks encourages you to choose a consistent space and time for you to write. Journaling about a traumatic memory can be difficult, and it'll be important to feel secure and safe where you are. You can schedule this on your calendar, set an alarm or reminder for it, and even brew a cup of tea ahead of time.
  • This step will give you the accountability and safe structure to complete an emotionally difficult (but rewarding) program of Written Exposure Therapy. If it's helpful, you can think of scheduling this time as a “weekly therapy session” on your calendar, and mentally designate a private and emotionally safe place to complete it each week.

Choose a single traumatic memory to focus on.
  • Written Exposure Therapy is designed for you to intentionally re-expose yourself to a traumatic memory. Because of that, we guide you in choosing a single traumatic memory to work through week over week. If you want to work on a different memory, we encourage you to use another The After-Trauma Notebook (or continue with the notes pages in the back).
  • Many of us have had multiple traumatic experiences, and it can be overwhelming to figure out how and where to start. Trying to process multiple moments and memories at once impedes the depth of processing required to move through the traumatic response. By choosing a single memory to focus on, you'll be able to experience Written Exposure Therapy's effectiveness over time.

Reprocess the traumatic memory with structured, guided prompts.
  • Each week's writing prompt begins with a check-in. You'll take stock of how distressed you feel (if at all), and have access to Distress Tolerance Techniques in the Appendix to regulate your emotions and ground yourself in the moment. Then, you'll write for 30 minutes according to the prompt.
  • When we're in a rush, it can be easy to skip over how we're really feeling. This step gives you a moment to pause, check in, and recognize where you're emotionally starting from before the journaling exposure prompt. We hope this step helps you get more out of this journaling experience.

Reflect on the writing experience and check-in on how you’re doing - before and after.
  • After each 30-minute journaling session, you'll have an opportunity to check-in with your body and how you're feeling. Then, you will be guided through a reflection exercise on how the writing experience was for you. This is an opportunity to create some distance from processing a difficult memory.
  • This step will help you reflect on and consolidate realizations or breakthroughs during writing, and also help transition from the intensity of a journaling session back to day-to-day life. You can think of this reflection step as the “cool down” part of your emotional workout.
About Therapy Notebooks :
Therapy Notebooks makes evidence-based mental health tools more accessible and enjoyable. Their team of psychologists, writers, and designers have created notebooks to make it easy to learn and practice mental health tools and help you feel better. It's important to them that they can then get these tools in the hands of people who need it most.
Why we 🤍 them:
We love Therapy Notebooks because they offer evidence-based, therapist-approved tools and guided notebooks in a more accessible manner. We strongly share the belief that mental health resources should be available and accessible for everyone. They are also not afraid to delve into the effects that culture, racism, and identity can have on your mental health.
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