Poetry & Healing
I have long been fascinated by the interweaving relationship between poetry, psychology, & the healing arts. I'm often in awe of the way in which poetry, literature, and art can bring about processes of profound recognition, deep insight, & holistic transformation.
When we immerse ourselves in joining with the art that speaks to us, we often emerge from the experience changed, with a wider perspective and a greater appreciation for the art which we embody and which embodies us as well.
I invite poetry into my work with others in a number of ways, including reading poetry together that is pertinent to their current life experiences; providing specific writing prompts that invite a fuller expression of the truths that need to be acknowledged & honored; and empowering clients to give voice to those very truths, wisdoms, and affirmations.
I hold a special place for the powerful practice of Spoken Word Poetry, having studied the therapeutic factors involved in writing & performing Spoken Word Poetry, and often lead workshops on the blending of Spoken Word with diverse therapeutic styles, approaches, and contexts.
Presently, I am in the midst of a Fulbright Scholarship in Azerbaijan, focused on exploring the inherently therapeutic elements of Azerbaijani poetry and folklore to collaboratively design and implement therapeutic poetry programs in a manner that is culturally relevant and reverent. You may learn more about the project here.
Lastly, I am presently in the process of compiling my written works of poems and short stories for publication.
Stay tuned & keep reading fam,
Elnur Gajiev, PsyD
Therapeutic Benefits of Poetry & Writing
If you're interested in learning more about the use of poetry in a therapeutic & exploratory manner, please feel free to dig deeper into these lovely resources:
for Poetry Therapy
You may also take a look at these recent, accessibly published articles:
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