This article was drawn from a talk given to the Institute for Spirituality and Psychotherapy, in New York City, November 11, 2017.
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What follows in this article is an attempt to explore the importance of bringing creativity into clinical practice. To that end, it is my great hope to marry style and content, since it will require some creativity to parse (and then re-braid) the inherent creativity needed for a clinician to inspire productive healing, a client to engage in productive healing, and for either or both to be trained and encouraged to do so.
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From the magazine's editor, Matthew Dahlitz:
As therapists, we are particularly interested in the coherence and integration of our clients' minds and nervous systems. In this issue, master narratologist, Gail Noppe-Brandon reveals in "Creating Coherent Narratives" how the articulation of our story prompts a tacking back and forth between the language-oriented left brain and the felt feelings of the right brain, eliciting deep memory retrieval and, ultimately, integration. Gail’s experience and understanding of the psychotherapeutic use of writing and narrative has given me a renewed enthusiasim for the power of clients' telling, or writing, their story, and for discovering ways of reconstructing such narratives toward coherence.
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