Jacqueline Swensen, PhD
Founder and President
Jackie Swensen is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City, where she is also on the board and faculty of the Center for Human Development. For over 20 years, she has worked with individuals, couples and groups, specializing in emotional struggles, including: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders; relationship issues; and eating disorders and addictions.
Not long after starting her own practice, Jackie realized that journaling could be an effective tool for clients between sessions, both as a means of self-discovery and a continuation of their work together. Writing served as a cathartic release that made it easier to confront thoughts and feelings they had formerly suppressed.
While doing further research on the benefits of journaling, she discovered the pioneering studies of Dr. James Pennebaker, which showed that journaling could also result in improved immune system functioning, lower blood pressure, improved lung and liver functioning and fewer stress-related doctor visits.
As she continued her research, she grew convinced that journaling could be a valuable resource, not only for her clients, but for people contemplating therapy as well as those unable to afford it. That belief led her to create Journal to Health™ as a means of helping people discover the answers within themselves that could put them on the path to self-fulfillment, whether or not they are in therapy.
Creative Director and Writer
Peter Maloney is a writer specializing in marketing communications and speechwriting. After starting his career as a film editor, he became an advertising copywriter and later started his own company specializing in new product introductions. Over the years he has written media campaigns for clients including AT&T, Caterpillar, General Electric, and Merrill Lynch. He and Dr. Swensen have worked together on several projects prior to their collaboration on Journal to Health™.