Poster Session - Healing Through Poetry: A Creative Approach to Processing The Motherhood Transition in Psychotherapy

Fri, 11/15/2013 - 20:30 to Sat, 11/16/2013 - 20:00

In psychotherapy, poetry writing can be used to process and further one's understanding of countertransference reactions and thereby bring energy to the therapeutic process. I have written countertransference poems for some years in my work as a therapist. I have experienced that motherhood themes are particularly rich in this creative energy. A number of contemporary developments in psychoanalysis and somatic theory focus on the creative forces the psychology of motherhood. Italian analyst Silvia Vegetti Finza advocates for a new view on motherhood with special emphasis on the creativity of reproduction: mothering as connecting to the creative powers of the female. I propose an interactive model that encourages therapists to use creativity in the form of poetry writing in the therapeutic process with women, pregnant or trying to conceive, who are struggling with their maternal transition. The therapist's own poems can be used to invigorate the client's creative process and thus her transition to motherhood on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. The creative process then becomes mutual and interactive, as the mother-child relationship. Inspired by Marcy Axness' book Parenting for Peace, the aim is to contribute to mindful reproduction through emotional preparation for parenthood before conception.

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