by Scott Trevelyan
Most people refer to it as a disability. I almost see it as a gift. To experience near death and be able to view life from a new positive perspective is something I have found many Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors have in common...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I met Scott Trevelyan, a visual artist on the North Coast of NSW, Australia, via an international art therapy project. Scott used printmaking techniques as a cathartic tool to overcome life-threatening injuries sustained in a traumatic motorcycle accident in 2002. He currently runs art therapy classes for Acquired Brain Injury survivors at his wheelchair-friendly, purpose built studio, ‘Willowbank Studio’.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C
A cancer diagnosis brings overwhelming feelings, a multitude of appointments, a sense of managing a second job for which the pay is fatigue, possible hair loss and a tired debit card laden with co-pays. As an oncology social worker and journal group facilitator, my goal with survivors is often focused on finding an action plan grounded in self-care amidst this flurry of activity...
Editor´s Note from Susan de Wardt: Breast cancer does not discriminate by age. Journal Facilitator Jean Rowe, program director for Young Survivors Coalition in Atlanta Georgia, shares some important journaling tips and resources for cancer patients and survivors.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Elen Sentier
Celtic is often thought to be peculiarly Irish but this isn’t so. Clairvoyants in the early 20th century journeyed to find a migration from a beginning in what is now the Gobi desert, was then a sea, across Asia and through Europe. Mary Renault tells the story of Hyppolyita’s people, the Amazon folk, in The Bull from the Sea. The story is born out by the Takla Mummies found in the Gobi desert with Celtic/Caucasian DNA, plaids, long red hair and other Celtic attributes...
by Julie Lachman, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Naturopathy
Now that the pools have opened, many people will be taking to the lounge chairs or beach towels to soak up some rays. Being outside in the sun has many benefits, particularly in providing us with a much-needed hormone called Vitamin D...
by Federico Garcia Lorca
Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver...
Editor's Note from Thomasz Czepaitis: This poem caught me in my young years as the best love poem I've ever read. Thanks, of course, to the excellent Russian translation by the now late A. Geleskul (I am half Russian) but the hard emotional rhythm of the flamenco guitar is heard in the Spanish original even by the stranger, and the images, colored with Green... are vivid as paintings, as films, so strong is its influence on listener.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Alan B. Densky
Nail biting, is related to skin picking and hair pulling. Skin picking, hair pulling, and nail biting are labeled as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Nail biters often keep their hands hidden behind their backs. Nail biters often feel social embarrassment and experience out-of-control feelings at times. At times they may wonder why they can't stop and they also question whether or not they are crazy...
by Meagan Hughes, MT-BC
ATH Co-Editor of Music Therapy
Despite being labeled as “non-verbal”, Joel* was one of the most enthusiastic singers in the room during his music therapy sessions. Joel would be considered by some to be profoundly disabled. He always arrived for music therapy sessions in a wheelchair as he had very little control over the use of his body...
Editor's Note from Meagan Hughes: This article addresses how music therapists and musicians have worked to address and move beyond the concept of disability.
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
by Dawn Bodrogi
A friend of mine recently saw the revival of the musical, “Hair!” For days, she couldn’t stop singing the song. You know, that song. The one about the Age of Aquarius. We all know the tune. The catchy little number took over her brain and then lodged itself in mine. In spite of myself, I kept singing about the Moon being in the 7th house and Jupiter aligning with Mars. According to the song, this interesting little alignment is supposed to bring harmony, understanding, sympathy, the whole lot...
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