May 042014
 

I am thinking about how self-therapy, specifically poetry therapy, can help or harm its functioning. I have always been awake of its benefits, but now am beginning if poetry therapy that focuses on traumatic stuff can have a negative effect of increasing anxiety. I usually try to include positive, recovery ideas in trauma poems; is this enough? Could it have the effect of picking at a sore or itch and making it worse? I don’t know for sure as I have just thought of this. Of course, you can engage in PT w/a therapist or with trusted friends or family members being clued in. But, again, is this enough? So far, I mean to the perspective of saying PT, self oriented, does

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