Editor's Note from Michael Williams: "Personal storytelling has become very popular for professionals as a way to connect with their audience, fan base, and customers. Many of us know the story of how Steve Jobs dropped out of college and was ousted by his own company. Business leaders like to tell the tale of how they overcame obstacles to become the successes they are. But you don't have to be the head of a Fortune 500 corporation to do so. You don't have to have a rags-to-riches scenario or even have crossed the finish line yet. Everyone has a story, and inspiration can be found in the smallest things, in any industry, in every walk of life.
People in transition are probably the most likely group to benefit from the therapeutic effects of storytelling. Divorce and unemployment are just two of the major life changes that can trigger someone to look for answers, and -- as cliché as it sounds -- the truth can usually be found within." ~Johannah Warren, Founder of Saint Columba Press and StoryMafia.com
by Norma-Jean Strickland,
ATH Asst. Editor of Therapeutic Storytelling
What do you do when you feel like you’ve lost your way in life? There are many ways of seeking help if you find yourself in this situation. One way is to “speak the unspeakable” which can be accomplished through creative therapy using art, music, dance or words...
Editor's Note from Norma-Jean Strickland: People dealing specifically with therapy may find this article useful, whether they are the professional or the client.
by Giroa Carmi, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT, BCPC, BCIM
I think everybody accepts that making art can be good for you. A wonderful example appeared recently in a documentary on PBS about an open studio project in a hospital upstate. A professional artist with a crusading ambition to help patients was given a big space and a big budget. Easels and artist quality materials were bought. The studio opened and was made available for many hours daily. Patients were encouraged to come and make art...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: Giroa Carmi's article highlights the differences between the therapeutic effects of making art and how art therapists use artmaking in a way that is so uniquely effective.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Sharon McLeay, MA
Not so long ago I posed a question to myself. Could journaling help me with my work, even help me find a job?
After the usual struggle I have with myself about spending money on professional development, I decided to take the plunge into Kathleen Adams’ intensive journal workshop facilitation and see if I could find a response...
Editor’s Note from Susan de Wardt: In every economy, searching for a new job can be challenging. Writing regularly helps hone skills that will help you articulate job seeking strategies and perform better during interviews. For those who already have a job, certified journal instructor Sharon McLeay also provides tips on how to use journaling to improve your on the job performance.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Anna Hunt
Cross-posted from WakingTimes.com
An abundance of research is being conducted to help answer the question: is meat safe for consumption? Many medical professionals are keen to understand how a person’s diet can help improve the health situation in North America, which seems to be ridden with epidemics such as cancer, autism and diabetes. The results of many of these efforts are leading a growing number of people to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet...
Editor's Note: Anna Hunt, contributing writer for Waking Times discusses in detail the pros and cons of eating a vegetarian and vegan diet. What I find intriguing about the article is how calories play a crucial part in the vegetarian and vegan diet. Find out how to consume the right proteins and why vitamin B12 isn’t the shining star it has been poised to be.
by E. Joan Barice
There are a small but growing number of physicians and other health professionals who accept and use essential oils. It is particularly difficult for me, having benefited so much from the use of therapeutic essential oils, to accept the resistance of conventional medicine to them...
by Karen Branch
What pops into your mind when you see the word astrology? Perhaps you think of the astrology column in the local newspaper predicting your day ahead. Or maybe you remember some words once read about your Sun Sign (Aquarius is intelligent and rebellious; Taurus is loyal and stubborn; Aries is selfish and courageous.) While all of this is a part of popularized astrology, these perceptions are extremely limited. As a professional astrologer, these are the ideas and misconceptions I like to dispel...
by Marc Gravelle
Do you know anyone, a friend, family member, co-worker or acquaintance who considers himself or herself a perfectionist? If so, have you ever noticed that they seem somewhat edgy, on guard or perhaps demanding?
We live in a very competitive world and it is important to have high personal and professional standards. However, when a person’s standard or goal is perfection, they may not realize that they are setting themselves up to experience more frustration, anxiety, and disappointment than is necessary. The goal of perfection is unrealistic...
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