About The Diary Healer
Providing guidance in exploring diary writing and storytelling for self-healing and personal fulfilment, and as therapy for trauma and associated mental health challenges.
June’s prime motivation for The Diary Healer is to connect with people who have experienced an eating disorder, trauma or other mental health challenge, and to inspire them through the use of the narrative, to live a full and meaningful life.June has written nine books about eating disorders. Prior to writing books, which include her memoir, June had a long career in print journalism as a journalist, sub-editor and editor. She combines her writing expertise with the life experience of recovering from anorexia nervosa, trauma and other comorbidities.
In 2017, June graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). Her 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 or click here
June’s contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where she was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy.
She is a co-chair of the NEDC Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group, and a foundation steering committee member of the annual World Eating Disorders Action Day. She is a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Writers Victoria, Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and is an advisory panel member for Families Empowered and Supporting Treatment of Eating Disorders (F.E.A.S.T.)
Today June enjoys being a writing mentor for:
- People with mental health challenges —helping them to find purpose in their life through writing their story; and
- People who want to write their memoir.
June also enjoys being a non-fiction manuscript copy editor for people who have written their story and wish to prepare it to publication standard.
I wish to acknowledge the valuable input of Diana Beaudet, a foundation member of The Diary Healer, who maintains ongoing support and interest with occasional blog posts.
Life transition planning and mentoring, peer support and individual skill development through using the narrative Write your Story with a Mentor with Dr June Alexander NDIS Registered Provider (Self-managed; plan managed; or agency managed) Working with a writing mentor can help you to separate yourself from the issues you’re facing and put you in the..