Using Therapeutic Writing as a Healing Tool


Eve and Ridghaus bring extensive experience as storytellers, published writers, and creative instructors. Facilitating therapeutic writing exercises to the MPE community introduces new purpose to each of their careers, and meeting at Untangling Our Roots Summit 2023 was kismet. In this workshop, they talk about the healing power of writing, and invite attendees to participate in a short writing prompts, curated just for this occasion.

Eve Sturges, LMFT, MA launched her podcast, Everything’s Relative with Eve Sturges in 2019, exactly 1 year after a mysterious man turned her world–and identity–upside down. Learning about the Non-Parent Expected, and the wider MPE, communities gave Eve hope during a difficult time, and a purpose in the expanding landscape of DNA testing. Forever dedicated to creating community, spreading truth, and developing empathy, Eve invites everyone affected or involved in a DNA-discovery to join her for conversation on her podcast. Since its inception, ERWES has posted more than 100 episodes, interviewed more than 150 people, and logged over 100,000 downloads.

In 2022 Eve used her experience as a licensed psychotherapist to develop Who Even Am I Anymore: A Process Journal for the Adoptee, Late-Discovery Adoptee, Donor Conceived, NPE and MPE communities, now available on Amazon. Her private practice serves clients affected by DNA discoveries as well as the myriad life challenges facing everyone today. She has a supportive and patient husband, three kids, and one dog. Eve is best reached via email, or through her website,

Ridghaus – born in the land of Oz, Ridghaus relinquished a son at age 19 and then later, at the age of 35, learned of his adoption. He co-created the documentary film Six Word Adoption Memoirs, permeating adoptionland worldwide, then designed and edited a coffee table book from the second round of interviews.

With graduate degrees in law, film, and English Composition he taught university-level writing and media courses, including poetry, for 20 years. Currently Ridghaus co-facilitates Adoptee Voices Writing Group and Vocce – a writing group for birth/first parents.

His lifelong love for cinema started with Star Wars. and he continually studies light in motion and story craft. An amateur mycophile, when not on set he can be found in deep woods foraging and carrying his vintage Yashica Mat -124 G.