Sara’s Blog

That Place of Rest. The Pause.

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” ― Mozart As a Creative Arts Therapist trained in Music Therapy, I feel very comfortable being in both the sound and silence of the therapy session. Whether the sounds are produced verbally or non-verbally, I experience the silent spaces in between as an important place to be; for both myself and my client. The unique quality of the silence is that it integrates time and place.  The silence in music [...]

Don’t Want To Close My Eyes

There are those who are the storytellers and then those who are the storyhearers. The people I work with are the storytellers and I am the storyhearer. I hear their story and I listen to how they tell it. The act of storytelling is a central part of who we are. Stories help make sense of our world and our place in it and we define ourselves by a story within time. We create stories; verbally, oral and written, and [...]

“The Best I Can Be”

There are those who are the storytellers and then those who are the storyhearers. The people I work with are the storytellers and I am the storyhearer. I hear their story and I listen to how they tell it. The act of storytelling is a central part of who we are. Stories help make sense of our world and our place in it and we define ourselves by a story within time. We create stories; verbally, oral and written, and [...]

“A Third Element: Decision”

I had the good fortune recently to be interviewed by Guy Macpherson of the West Coast Trauma Project. Guy is such a great interviewer, establishing a nice rhythm and having a nice narrative style. He encourages his interviewees to tell their story. I’d like to focus on two of the questions Guy asked; one, asking for quotes which not only have influenced my life, but served to guide how I approach therapy and the other, to mention two “go-to-books” that I [...]

Transitions: Bridges in Time

For someone who hates transitions, I always find myself right in the middle of one. The only redeeming factor is that, and this is the crucial point, I’m never in the same place twice. In other words, I’m not stuck in a transition, I am always moving from one transition towards another. What this means for me is that I need to adapt to the process of change which I need to experience in order for me to grow, [...]

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work Part 4

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work I am an integrator. And it is my business to know how to do that and help others do the same. Humanity has been struggling with the tension of living in dualities since the beginning of time. This four-part series will discuss the impact of living in this tension and the need to integrate.     Part Four: How art sees it. How artists reflect shadows in their work. Rembrandt “Rembrandt reaches into the dark spaces of his [...]

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work Part 3

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work I am an integrator. And it is my business to know how to do that and help others do the same. Humanity has been struggling with the tension of living in dualities since the beginning of time. This four-part series will discuss the impact of living in this tension and the need to integrate.    Part Three:  The reality behind the metaphor. “I’m bein’ followed by a moonshadow” (Lyric by Cat Stevens) I [...]

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work Part 2

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work – Part 2 I am an integrator. And it is my business to know how to do that and help others do the same. Humanity has been struggling with the tension of living in dualities since the beginning of time. This four-part series will discuss the impact of living in this tension and the need to integrate.    Part Two:  We form experiences and attach meaning to them. IDENTITY and its SHADOW As we form [...]

Why the Duality of Business and Pleasure Does Not Work

I am an integrator. And it is my business to know how to do that and help others do the same. Humanity has been struggling with the tension of living in dualities since the beginning of time. This four-part series will discuss the impact of living in this tension and the need to integrate. Part One: The professional me and the personal me. The professional me and the personal me is the same individual; the “who” I am, engages with others and [...]

If you don’t use it, you lose it.

We have an innate ability to adapt to new conditions. This ability enables us to deal with changes and become better at dealing with those changes. But just like anything else, if we don’t use it, we lose it. If we are too busy focusing on finding the “secret” to coping and succeeding and not allow our ability to adapt to perform to its potential, we run the risk of disabling this very powerful ability. I am in awe of this [...]