From Kelsey Review, Fall 2018, Volume 37. Dr. Laura Tahir's short story "Family Prayer" was featured.
From the Adelaide Literary Magazine Year III, Number 12, April 2018 issue, Dr. Laura Tahir’s fiction “Story Time” was featured.
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One of the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is thought defusion, a skill-set that involves noticing thoughts and feelings for what they are, viz., passing mental experiences. We can learn to manage unwanted thoughts by accepting that they exist rather than challenging them. There are numerous strategies to defuse unpleasantness. I suggest that the power of art to heal comes from the way it externalizes pain and chaos, makes it acceptable, and perhaps even beautiful when it renders order. That being said, it is certainly not necessary for a person to experience trauma in order to make art about it. For example, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Barbara Kingsolver are two contemporary extraordinary authors who remind us that their remarkable imaginations are responsible for their work.
I have encouraged clients to tap their imaginations in order to understand their everyday thinking. Poetry, painting, podcasts, memoirs, and the above short stories are examples of ways to examine one’s thoughts.
From the 5 volume title, Salem Health: Psychology and Behavioral Health by Grey House Publishing (2015)
By Laura Tahir, Ph.D.
Creative reminiscence is a technique of psychotherapy that uses the psychology of memory to help explore, reflect, and construct the narratives that make us who we are. The technique is used primarily in written and oral psychotherapeutic discourse. Creative reminiscence can also employ various forms of artistic expression (e.g., dance, painting, music) that foster and portray memories. When memories are revealed we can gain insight into patterns of thought and feeling that create our narratives.
From 3-volume title, Salem Health Series: Adolescent Health & Wellness by Grey House Publishing (2015)
Adolescents and incarceration
By Laura Tahir, Ph.D.
Adolescents who break the law and get locked up have needs different from those of adult criminals. How juveniles are treated in courts and in lock-up differs from state to state. The experience of incarceration may profoundly affect a teen’s future. Being informed and preparing for how to cope with this experience may ease the transition from the free world to confinement and motivate the adolescent to be hopeful and positively future-oriented when he or she is released.
From The New York Times Letters to the Editor (Jan. 18, 2015): How We Grieve: Everyone is Different