Countertransference, General

There’s No Flirting in Hospice

Actually, yes, there is.  Let’s talk, for a bit, about the presence of sexuality between us, the end-of-life music therapists, and the people to whom we provide care — meaning our patients and whoever else is included when we come for our sessions.  Our music therapy literature barely acknowledges that sexuality exists — almost as if music therapists don’t have sex, or sexual thoughts, and neither do our patients.  But we know otherwise. Continue reading “There’s No Flirting in Hospice”

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General

The allure of fantasy

Fantasy

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about fantasy and its role in the therapeutic process. Fantasy, among its other benefits as a force in therapy, is uniquely situated to challenge entrenched cognitive structures, bound emotional energy, and divisive power structures. Comprised of fundamental human features (e.g., imagination, creativity, etc.) essential to personal foundations of wellness, fantasy is a necessary ingredient in a person-centered practice. Fantasy plays a significant component in my current work, exploring such questions as “Who would I be without this illness?” and “How can I be a health, integrated person in the future even if this illness persists?” in order to foster an imaginative process that creates possibilities and activates potentialities. Continue reading “The allure of fantasy”