“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin
Creative Writing, so as to encourage thriving. Accordingly, in Sept. 2008 when I facilitated a full day therapeutic workshop for women with complex trauma, I incorporated writing, dance, meditation, improvisation, and ritual. Thereafter, I facilitated several more workshops in which fairytale became a vehicle for infusing our personal stories with mythical imagery. This undertaking led to the development of a full-length play Let the Phoenix Rise! Ongoing comprehensive Phoenix Project creative arts workshops resulted in the workshop women (dubbed The Atomic Butterflies) performing the narratives and prose written in the workshop process as an opening act for LTPR! at the Kraine Theater in NYC.
Throughout my 30 years in the public and private sectors I’ve discovered that trauma survivors early attunment to fairy tales, comic books, and myths speaks of the metaphorical symbolism evident in the trials of heroes and heroines, who like the reader, were challenged to persevere and triumph over the harsh reality of brutal malevolence and inconceivable circumstance. Through immersion in a fictional world, identification, catharsis and insight can occur, allowing the inspired writer and reader to reframe her own situation, and experience emotional release, clarity and possibly even behavioral shifts. Writing and reading provides us with the solace of knowing our stories are shared through characters that champion our cause. Seeing the ailments and conditions one grapples with in elaborate descriptive detail and form, further reminds us what James Baldwin conveys in his beautiful quote, that even in our brokenness we are more alike, than we are different.
With this intention I am recruiting people for a twice/month 90-minute therapeutic creative writing group at my midtown office in Manhattan on a Sunday. The group will be $60 and will be comprised of 5-7 people. I will be offering gratis consultations for those interested in the group to evaluate potential participants.
Please feel free to email or call (212-594-9801 should you have any questions about this group and/or would like to make a referral. Thank you!