Alternative Therapies > Art & Poetry Therapies
Over the years here at KotaPress, we've discovered many alternative therapy options such as art or poetry therapy. While lots of organizations gear their sites toward practioners, we also encourage bereaved parents and others who will become clients to get informed as well! With that in mind, I offer the following bits and pieces for those interested in either side of the coin. This is meant to give you ideas regardless of whether or not you are a "professional". The tools of art and poetry therapy can be used by anyone in their own self-development! So check out the information provided here and click through to read and learn:
Arts In Therapy Network
Art Therapy at Wikipedia
Back in 2001, we had the good forture to meet Kimberly Sauter who was running Healthful Attitudes. She shared with us a wonderful idea she called a "grief doll" in a q&a where she shared:
American Art Therapy Association
Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy Loss Through the Arts
Institute for Poetic Medicine
National Association for Poetry Therapy
Poetry Therapy at Suite 101
This column used to be hosted by me (Kara here at KotaPress), but I archived it and have posted revised editions of all the articles here on our own site. But Suite101 keeps the archive -- and maybe someday another poet will pick up the thread there and create it anew. In the meantime, I thought I would mention it here because Google and other still offer it up as a result to "Poetry Therapy" searches. I would suggest you check out the new version and new articles here on our site!
Works by Nick Mazza
About the Author
Kara has been using poetry and other expressive arts tools on the grief journey since the death of her son in 1999. Her poetic and non-fiction works have been included in publications such as New Works Review, PoetsWest, Real Henna, Shared Heart Foundation's "Meant To Be", LightHearts Publication's "Soul Trek", MISSing Angels Newsletter, American Tanka, Mother Tongue Ink's We'Moon, Honored Babies, Cup of Comfort series, and more. She is a Carnegie Mellon graduate who co-founded KotaPress with her husband Hawk Jones. She is currently in an apprenticeship working toward Master level of Reiki. And she founded HennaHealing.com where she is exploring the ancient art of henna and its uses for ritual and healing.