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Creative Space

World Refugee Day 2020

1.Your refugee heartwaits, displaced heartsqueezed into a suitcase,hides under the mattress. Your exiled hands fold,anticipate the momentof escape, salvation to show updown the road. Your foreignfeet take you in that direction,carry away your refugee heart,your exiled hands, your immigranteyes looking for anything familiaron the way to the new place.The fields you walk, ruined. Your wanderer’s […]

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Starting a Journey Journal

Can I inspire you to take care of yourself as therapists and also for your clients by starting and creating a Journey Journal for the times that we are in. I am keeping one with some of my clients and it has proven to be a source of conversations that in some curious way show […]

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Broken & Beautiful

This month’s contribution to Creative Space is a poem and image authored by Tammy, both a survivor and an ISSTD Student and Emerging Professional (SEP) member. As this poem illustrates, to call on something greater than ourselves has helped Tammy. Her spirituality is a source of strength and courage to live. Noula

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The Art of Collaboration

Oh, how I love when two become something new, something that did not exist in the one or the other. That’s how it felt this time for me when I read Na’ma’s poem The Critic and immediately one of my sculptures from an exhibition called Breathing Space stepped forward and said, ‘You called on me […]

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Creative Space

The Arts chose me at the age of 37 when she compelled me to leave a career as an international tax advisor. I was completing my second degree, this one in law, when the calling came and I dropped out with 1 year to go and started a career in the arts. I still don’t […]

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Creative Space

The issues that we delve into as clinicians seep through our being and an alchemical process takes place, with the issues expressed again in a process we call Art. Ruined and Improved In this first piece, Ericha shares with us an expression of that mystical process – symbolic brush marks and colours that invite us […]

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Self Care and the Therapist

How do you take care of yourself as a therapist to prevent burnout and bring the best version of yourself to each therapeutic encounter? Bringing the mind to rest, to pause, to fallow is important. Creating an intentional rest time also allows for new ideas to sprout. We need to fallow. One of the ways […]

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Creative Space: A Place for our Creative Selves

I welcome you to this new part of our newsletter – a creative inclusion to act as an interlude perhaps, a breathing space to share the creations of our imagination – retrieving the light within the dark unconscious creative self, for the sharing makes it brighter. To express ourselves in ways that defy rational appraisal […]

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