Treating Mind and Spirit as One

PSI in Practice: “The Firebird”: Exploring Depression as Transformational Ground

Please join us for our next Free Forum, “The Firebird”: Exploring Depression as Transformational Ground, presented by Juliet Bruce, PhD.

May 7, 2014, 10:30a – 12:00p at
OneSpirit Learning Alliance
247 West 36th Street, 6th Floor
(between 7th and 8th Ave’s)
New York

Program Description

Depression and anxiety are the twin maladies of our time. The Centers for Disease Control predict that by 2020, over 80% of women will have experienced depression. Beneath the roots of depression and anxiety in our personal lives, many depth psychologists believe these miseries are a reflection of the violence and destruction taking place throughout our world, including to our earth itself. Literally, as we heal ourselves, we heal a small bit of the world. In my practice, I help my clients follow an ancient path through this condition.

Traditional cultures understood depression and other non-ordinary mental experiences as states of emergence rather than as disorders. This experiential workshop, based on the archetypal heroic quest, uses the rich metaphors, visual images, and environments of a famous Russian folk tale to take a fresh and optimistic approach to depression through writing.

The Presenter

Juliet Bruce is a writer and healing story practitioner. A former journalist, she discovered her life’s calling while running a writing group for male prisoners in maximum security. The mens’ attitude and behavior improved so dramatically while writing and sharing their work with each other, within the context of a rite of passage, that 16 out of 20 men were transferred to medium and minimum security units.

For the last 20 years, she has helped many hundreds of individuals use archetypal story structure (the hero’s journey), writing, and storytelling to find their way out of crisis to a happier and more purposeful way of being. Her clients have included adults coping with chronic stress, depression and anxiety, life-threatening illness, difficult transitions, and collective trauma.

Ms. Bruce has won numerous grants for her innovative story programs, including the National Storytelling Foundation Brimstone Award for a program to help New York City firefighters coping with PTSD as a result of 9/11. She is a board member of War Writers Campaign, a veterans organization that mentors and publishes veterans’ writing. She is working on a book about her healing story approach, A Write of Passage, due out in late 2014.

All forums are free of charge. To RSVP, please email psi-invite@mindspirit.org or call 212-285-0043.

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Our Wednesday morning forums for mental health professionals, clergy, other clinicians and helping professionals include presentations by members of PSI staff as well as invited guests. They are designed to offer opportunities for engagement in topics and modalities that integrate psychotherapy and spirituality. They are also an opportunity for peer fellowship and networking.

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