What is Creative Reminiscence?
Creative Reminiscence is a technique of psychotherapy in which we use the psychology of memory to help explore and reflect. Sometimes people get stuck in the past and are burdened with such emotions as regret, grief, or unfulfilled dreams. Emotions we attribute to the past may sometimes arise from the way we are feeling in the present. It is also true that some memories may have vanished permanently, or perhaps we are motivated by memories that are inaccurate. And yet, our past provides us with a general sense of who we are, and guides us as we imagine the future. Character evolves, but we can be part of that evolution by coming to terms with the past and pay- ing mindful attention to our present purposes. Creative Reminiscence will help us recall the past in a way that creates a better present and future.