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Art as Therapy—Sharing the Hidden Wisdom in Our Stories

Today’s Wisdom: NP0029 – Session 4

Discover how writing fiction can evoke a personal narrative from clients, which lays at the heart of the therapeutic process. Join Irvin Yalom as he explores the meaning of authenticity in psychotherapy and art and how that wisdom can enhance your own authenticity with clients.

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5 Responses to Art as Therapy—Sharing the Hidden Wisdom in Our Stories

  1. hwolfman59 says:

    Dr. Yalom’s books on group therapy,working with cancer patients,etc. have been very helpful to me. Dr. Yalom is a warm and approachable human being…not just a scientist or authorithy sitting behind a desk coldly pushing medicines only. I am looking forward to reading some of his novels.

    This series on Wisdom has been outstanding so far. Dr. Yalom is so correct in saying that Rich Simon is an excellent interviewer and a warm genuine presence(my addition). I am particularly impressed with how Mr. Simon handled the interview with Dr. Gendlin re: Focusing. What could have been a dreadful and dull hour turned out to be informative and useful. Thank you. Looking forward to more Webinars with Mr. Simon as the interviewer.

  2. What a satisfying conversation to be part of! It felt like listening to a wise ,loving, friendly uncle fill you in on your very own family history – the kind of uncle you could say anything to and ask any question of. Great series, wonderful interviewing. Thanks Rich.

  3. marianinos says:

    I feel so validated and whole having experienced this interview. My deepest gratitude to both Rich and Yalom. (That’s how I always think of him: Yalom)

  4. James B says:

    Dr. Yalom has been a great influence on my conceptualization of group process and therapy, and I am a true fan. I love his genuineness, his passion for embracing the human condition – through showing up as ourselves in therapy, and his deep understanding of the principles that make a great therapist. I have the great fortune to be supervised currently by one of his students, and the shared insight is priceless to me. Many Thanks and Gratitude to Dr. Yalom

  5. Andrew Schwartz says:

    Delightful! I’m most struck by the philosophic seriousness of the good Dr. and his concern that we may be losing depth to treatment methods that are superficial and lacking in long term effectiveness. I think that may be the way of our culture in general and not just our field, and I’m not sure it’s a trend that can be reversed, but it makes me more aware of something that I hold dear and makes me want to proclaim it more proudly as I move forward in my career. I’m a beginning therapist, and I’m grateful for just this type of inspiration; thanks, Dr. Yalom.

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