by Susan de Wardt,
ATH Co-Editor of Writing and Poetry Therapy
Sherry Reiter began her career as a drama specialist for the New York City Department for Aging while pursuing her childhood dream to be an actress. When she started using creative writing exercises with her groups she watched as people’s eyes filled with tears and knew then there was something more happening than just recreation...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Registered poetry therapist Sherry Reiter shares insight into the how and why of poetry therapy and the development of professional standards in the field.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
Editor's Note: Bill Reddy and Atara Noiade practice Chinese Medicine on opposite coasts (Alexandria, VA, and Seattle, WA, respectively) and wanted to find a way to bring more awareness about Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine nationally, so they teamed up to produce this professional quality 1min video.
by Miranda Castro FSHom, RSHom (NA), CCH
Many homeopaths, believing that the explanation of how homeopathy works is secondary to its success with literally millions of patients, have traditionally refused to reveal the names of the medicines they give. This and the lack of information they have provided about their practice has led to an aura of secrecy in which myths abound. It is worth looking at a few of these misapprehensions...
Editor´s Note: Miranda's article lays out some of the common misunderstandings about Homeopathy. Although it is usually promoted as a "safe, gentle and effective" mode of treatment, it must be recognized that Homeopathy is a complex treatment modality that requires considerable skill to administer and manage effectively, preferably by a professional homeopath.
by Mary Ellen Coulter MD, CCH
Anxiety, which seems to be increasingly prevalent, affects approximately 40 million Americans. Of these, 6 million have been diagnosed with panic disorder, anxiety that is more severe, frequent and difficult to control. The more common symptoms of palpitations, light-headedness or dizziness, nausea and a feeling of impending doom, are common and may not help with the selection of a specific homeopathic treatment...
Editor's Note: Mary Ellen presents the distinguishing features of 9 homeopathic remedies for acute episodes of anxiety or panic attacks. As always, if these symptoms recur and are hindering a person's wellbeing, he or she needs to consult a professional homeopath for constitutional treatment which can be highly effective.
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
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