In a photo essay, street photographer Murray Dejager described his early foray into using his camera as psychological therapy. Specifically, Dejager felt that his camera functioned as the Therapist, helping him witness his own feelings in ways that he found difficult to see on his own. “All I knew was that when I walked the streets of downtown with my camera, looking for images that captured the way I felt inside, I felt better,” he wrote in a short essay. Similar to Dejager’s discovery, photographer Richard Wood and I discussed this very topic last year, and again I encountered the same topic at a consumer tech conference. Is there a way to shoot depression with photography?
How To Thrive When Summer Turns to Fall (And Skip the Winter Blues)
by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC, Artist
Every year in Seattle, it’s pretty much the same thing. We have a slow-to-warm up summer, which includes a rainy June and early July, followed by a spectacular summer without the extreme heat of the Southwest, and minus the uncomfortable humidity of the upper Northeast. By August, we’re sittin’ pretty! Yet, I know every Fall, right around mid-October, it feels as if a powerful Being reaches its hand over to the giant light source in the sky, and pulls a metal chain. Lights out! The chill in the air, which develops slowly over the preceding weeks, triggers locals to pull out their jackets and windbreakers. A few people jump the gun and start wearing warm boots. People stumble around with a bleary-eyed, caffiene-enhanced expression, mixed with a depressed slump in the shoulders. The rustle of leaves and the waning light signal the end of summer, and I can literally hear people groan about it. Instead of groaning and complaining, make a commitment this year to prepare for the change in weather. Learn how to thrive when Summer turns to Fall, and skip past the Winter Blues.
Props in Movement: Scarves Are More Than Just For Fashion
by Allie Bulliman
I had an open house at the office here in Pioneer Square over a month ago as an opportunity for people to get a more in depth explanation and demonstration of “what I do.” Dance movement therapists do just what any other therapist does: listen. We create a safe space. We work with you to create your best life. I like to say I am just a regular therapist/counselor/psychotherapist (whatever you prefer) with an extra tool in my toolbox. Continue reading “Props in Movement: Scarves Are More Than Just Fashion”