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Poetry, Art, & Healing

I have long been fascinated by the fruitful intersection of poetry, psychology, & the healing arts. Time and again, I have seen their profound combined effects — bringing forth life-altering recognition, insight, acceptance, expression, and belonging.

 

When we intentionally immerse in the creative act, we grant ourselves the opportunity to emerge from the experience transformed, bearing a wider perspective that integrates what may have previously been unacknowledged or untenable within the expansive understanding of who we are and how we create ourselves to be in this world.

I invite poetry & the creative arts 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.

 

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

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Poetry Resources

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:

National Association

for Poetry Therapy

Lastly, please be sure to check out these exceptional texts, programs, & sites:

Poetry is not a luxury, it is a vital necessity of our existence.

It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless. Poetry is not only a dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.

-Audre Lorde

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