Blog — bibliotherapy

Interview with Pirjo Suvilehto, Finnish Bibliotherapist and Doctor of Philosophy & Literature

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Interview with Pirjo Suvilehto, Finnish Bibliotherapist and Doctor of Philosophy & Literature

Last week we interviewed Pirjo Suvilehto who is a fascinating Finnish bibliotherapist, having completed a Docent in Literature and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oulu. She has significant experience in the fields of creative writing and literary education. She's also a lecturer at the University of Oulu and has completed extensive research in bibliotherapy, children's literature, creative writing and art pedagogy within human-animal sciences. Her doctoral thesis is the first academic study in Finland to consider children's and adolescents' bibliotherapy. She's also authored 30 published books of poems, picture books and nonfiction and trains student bibliotherapists in...

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Why Literary Fiction is My Favourite Form of Therapy

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Why Literary Fiction is My Favourite Form of Therapy

When we read a great fiction book — we experience a certain sense of joy, happiness or satisfaction. Beyond reading a great story it is often the striking connection we feel to the characters and the fact that the book resonates with us. All the elements of story telling have hit the right buttons deep within us and released a whole dose of serotonin that allows us to experience a feel-good moment. That feel-good moment comprises a sense of belonging and being part of a greater story, where we momentarily escape from the challenges and hardships of our own life. And the...

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A Novel Literary Advice Service: introducing Book Therapy

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A Novel Literary Advice Service: introducing Book Therapy

Wondering what book to read next? Trying to remember the name of that book recommended to you by a passing acquaintance? Love a particular author and wondering which book of theirs to dive into next? Then Book Therapy would love to hear from you! Our resident book therapist Bijal Shah is here to address your questions and will be publishing a weekly Q&A blog post on the most pressing literary needs starting July 25, 2018. All we need is your questions about what it is that you are looking to read and we will gladly oblige! The weekly Q&A service will offer personalised suggestions...

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Why poetry is one of the most powerful forms of therapy

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Why poetry is one of the most powerful forms of therapy

April is National Poetry Month and naturally a great time to explore the immense therapeutic powers of poetry. Reading and writing poetry both engage our senses along with our emotions, making the art form experiential and hugely effective in connecting with our minds. Both writing and reading poetry, through their expression of feelings and words have highly therapeutic effects on the mind. The structure of a poem favours brevity yet the best poems also capture succinct detail, making them incredibly powerful in getting a message across to the reader. Writing poetry requires the poet to be extremely disciplined with his...

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There's a book for that!

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There's a book for that!

Throughout my 35 years’ of life, I have always relied on a book for some friendly comfort and non-judgemental advice. I can remember from my toddler years, I’d never leave a book store without throwing a tantrum — my parents had to buy me a brand new book to take home and discover. I would read at every opportunity — at my nan’s home, in the car, on restaurant tables or out in the garden in our family home in Nairobi. My passion for reading and my love of books sprouted a real interest in the personal development space (including psychodynamic psychotherapy, counselling and...

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