Poetry Therapeutic Group

DTILA Poetry Therapeutic Group:

Therapeutic Poetry Group: Unearth Your Stories through Poetry

Date: Sundays, May 29 – June 26, 2022 (for five weeks)
Time: 10 am to 12 pm (PST)
Cost: $204
Mode: Online (Zoom)
Instructor: Terhi K., Ph.D, MSc, Cl.Hyp

Participants will explore their personal stories in relation to pivotal life moments, bringing them to consciousness, and finding ways to a deeper self-understanding through the poet within. Poetry and multimodal methods of self-expression offer participants a choice to tell their stories how they want, while exploring the transformative potential of that choice, discovering their own strength and how to access that strength in their present and future choices.

We all have stories about who we are. Some of these stories are deeply buried in our
subconscious minds where they impact our emotions and direct our lives. In this 5-week group, participants will explore their personal stories in relation to pivotal life moments, bringing them to consciousness, and finding ways to a deeper self-understanding through the poet within. Giving voice to stories through poetry offers participants a choice to tell their stories how they want, while exploring the transformative potential of that choice. Participants are free to try out multimodal methods of self-expression (e.g. spoken word, enactment, spontaneous art) in sharing their stories, discovering their own strength in the process, and how that strength can inform their present and future path. Poems and creative exercises serve as catalysts for this journey.

Terhi Korkiakangas, Ph.D, Cl.Hyp is a poet, writer, and research psychologist who believes in the healing power of words. She facilitates poetry groups for wellbeing and personal growth and is completing a CAPF (Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator) from the International Federation for Bibliotherapy and Poetry Therapy. Terhi is also a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has trained in Rapid Transformational Therapy. Her work is based on the premise that the language we use to dialogue with ourselves impacts our minds and bodies. Her passion is to help people to overcome their fears and limitations by changing the inner narrative and to activate their innate ability to heal and restore themselves. She also empowers women to release subconscious barriers around fertility and holds space for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss. Terhi draws on her interdisciplinary background, and her poetry facilitation is influenced by her transformational work with the subconscious mind. Terhi has taught psychology courses at the university level and developed and facilitated workshops for healthcare. In recent years, Terhi has moved beyond academia to focus more exclusively on the mind-body interaction and the creative practices for healing. She is the founder of Poetry Co., poetry facilitation for
personal growth.