WRITING & POETRY THERAPY

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy? Intentional use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. Rich in imagery, emotion, and metaphor, poetry provides unique opportunities for self-discovery and is a catalyst for healing and self-integration. Therapeutic Poetry – Poetry, as therapy, is the use of written and spoken word for healing and personal growth. For more information about poetry as therapy & healing poetry, visit All Thing Healing online today!

What is Writing & Poetry Therapy?
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(Asst Editor: Tomasz Czepaitis) Life Coach, writer and artist, Susan de Wardt is a specialist in the use of transformative language, story and art to unleash full creative potentia...
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Susan de Wardt, CAPF, CJF
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Editor's Note: A quick view of how we can reach into our wiser, deeper parts.

 

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by Langston Hughes

Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: This poem have moved me in three ways. First, it's mother's words to son. Connection between mother and son is very important, deep on physical and psychical levels, and always unique. It is a kind of inner guidance, which psychologists or son's family can imitate only. That's why bad connection between them hurts so deeply and demands substitutes and conform.

 

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by Nikki Patrick

Jon York fought the Viet Cong with bullets. When he got back home to the United States, he faced a different kind of enemy, one that bullets couldn’t touch...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Poetry and writing therapy are proving to be fundamental assets in the treatment of PTSD. Here's one VietNam veteran's story.

 

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by Danielle Ofri

Toxic sock syndrome. That’s the first thing we noticed when we entered the hospital room. For those gentle readers who are not familiar with such sensory assault, toxic sock syndrome is the clinical term for the rank odor that accompanies damp, fetid feet that have seen more street time than shower time...


Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Doctor, Writer, Professor of Medicine - Danielle Ofri dispenses poetry to her patients and medical students to remind them that 'medicine (and life) consists of far more' than can be learned in school.

 

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by Dr. Perie Longo

 Poetry therapy is gaining ground as a way to treat a range of mental illness, from schizophrenia to depression to substance abuse. In therapy, reading poems by other authors provides a structure for patients to evoke associations, connect with their emotions and realize they are not alone in experiencing such feelings. In their own poetry, patients find an outlet for subconscious thoughts or images and express what is difficult to articulate...

 

 

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by Jeremy Shepherd

SHANE Koyczan has become an industry.

The West Coast writer who rose to fame when his patriotic ode to Canada We Are More was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics has become something unique: the poet as entrepreneur...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Canadian slam poet Shane Koyczan speaks candidly about bullying, writing, and poetry as personal therapy.

 

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by Robert C. Jameson, MFT

“Patience? What are you talking about? I don’t have time for patience! I want what I want, and I want it now! In fact, I don’t want it now. I need it now!” Sound familiar? Stuff to do just seems to keep piling up and yet, time just keeps moving.

 

Editor's Note: Need Patience? Grab a pen and some paper instead, start to write about what the air feels like, what sounds surround your ears, and what you see three feet in front of you. Ahhh, that's the present moment.

 

 

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by Ruth Folit

What is it about writing that produces the benefits? Pennebaker believes it is more than just the venting or the expressing of strong emotions that help people change. The research shows that the difference is linked to the way people think about the traumatic event, their emotions, and themselves. It seems that writing helps people create a coherent, reasoned story, leading to new meaning and understanding of the given situation...

 

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by Angela H. Caughlin, LCSW

What are the limits you have placed on your life? How do you bring your “inner game” to your “outer game”? The external self, the ego, can take you just so far. The ego places limits on being in the present. You have to silence the ego to be present, and become the quiet witness of your powerful internal connections.

 

Editor's Note: Angela Caughlin teaches you her seven key areas to focus on when journaling. Grab a pen and get ready to write.

 

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by Juhani Ihanus, PhD

Already in the symposia of the Greek Antiquity, as described by Plato, poetry was central in reaching toward the Socratic aim: “know thyself!” Although this task is imbued with a paradox (actually, you will never totally know yourself), the quest for truthful, non-deceitful, and non-exploitative words and identities is connected with poiesis, “making” the self and the world...

 

Editor's Note from Tomasz Czepaitis: Very good article of a prominent Finnish Bibliotherapist, emphasizing a special role of metaphor in biblio/poetry therapy: "Metaphor is not only a mode of language and cognition, not only a figure of speech, like in the Aristotelian tradition, but, (...) can be described as the 'currency of the (emotional) mind,' open-ended, and with enormous potential of (self-)transformation, evoking creative fantasies."

 

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Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: In this clip, poet David Whyte speaks about his inspiration for the poem "The Journey" and its message of making space for new beginnings. Speaking his own poetry, the words become magical.

 

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by Darla Graves Palmer

Do you love to taste word soup spilling over the moist lip of the kettle? Do you like yours thin and clear or thick and creamy?...

 

Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Be inspired to bring your own stream of consciousness to the world through this article on "Word Soup"!

 

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The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver

This poem by Mary Oliver asks you to look more closely at the world around you. After reading this poem, notice how you pay attention to life. Do you know how to be idle?  What are the questions that tumble into your mind as you relax on a perfect summer day? Let Mary Oliver help you discover the answer...

 

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