Plog 29th July 2011

July 29th, 2011 Posted in Uncategorized

This is fun! It feels a bit of a cheat to be presenting you with ready-made poems on my Plog; but since I have been creating them diligently throughout the last three weeks, I seem to have got into a habit.

A double acrostic is a form of writing that connects parallel columns of letters, down each side of the page, with lines of poetry. Here is an example:

In my progress towards becoming a Poetry Therapist, I have been reading through a selection of counselling and psychotherapy textbooks, and the attitude of C.G. Jung appeals to me. He seems such a gentle, client-centred practitioner that I was quite surprised to see his analysis of personal change broken down into four steps: Confession, Elucidation, Education and Transformation.

Confession sounds very judgemental for such a philanthropic role model, but when I reframed it as acknowledgement, it made more sense.

Similarly with education:- this might sound like imposed instruction, unless we take a step back and reflect on the meaning, I am sure Jung would have intended – of drawing out a person’s natural tendency towards gaining the awareness that will lead them towards the change they hope to develop.

I love finding these kernels of wisdom and observing them from a variety of angles, before expressing my interpretation of the meanings of things.

Today, I have just had another client referred to me in my work as a Creative Writing Mentor, so I shall shortly be helping him uncover his story – elucidate what led to the addiction he is recovering from, and help him gain the numerical and communicative skills he will need to become a carpenter.

Anyone can gain from poetry therapy, whether it is to recover from a traumatic event or ongoing illness, or purely for recreational purposes.

If my services as an English Editor or Poetry Therapy Coach may be of benefit to you, please feel free to drop me a line . . .

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  1. Tom Aplomb
    29. July 2011

    I love this playful approach to teaching Jungian theory. My own analyst is a Jungian, and I have learned a tremendous amount in my work with him. Thank you for bringing forward these principles in such a fun, easy to absorb way. You are a very talented writer and educator.

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