Interview about Art and Healing

A Healing Hand, encaustic, 8″ x 10″

A few weeks ago my friend and writing group comrade Tanya Ruckstuhl-Valenti, a Seattle-based clinical social worker, interviewed me about how I see art as a healing force in my life.

To view the interview, click here:

http://seattletherapist.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/art-and-healing-courtney-putnam/

I just noticed that she has just posted a great interview with best-selling author Amy Bloom as well, so please check out Tanya’s Trauma Blog for more thoughtful goodies: http://seattletherapist.wordpress.com/

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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