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Doug Foresta, LICSW

Doug Foresta, LICSW is a therapist who is interested in the healing power of creativity and imagination. He is the producer and host of the show "Creating Change," which explores the healing power of creativity. He has hosted several "Imagination Conversations," a project of the Lincoln Center Institute. Doug works in private practice in Massachusetts, where he specializes in working with people stuck in compulsive worry, sadness and addictive behaviors. A produced playwright, he has taught theatre and playwriting for over a decade, and his plays have been produced in New York and Massachusetts. He is also an adjunct teacher at Springfield College.

The Healing Power of Writing

Posted by Doug Foresta, LICSW on 11/8/12 - 6:01 PM
I’ve been a writer longer then I’ve been a therapist, and so it comes to me as no surprise that writing, and narrative, have seeped into my work. What I want to share with you are some thoughts on how you can encourage clients to tap into the healing power of writing and narrative, and some good reasons (in my humble opinion) for doing so. Many clients may already be keeping a journal even before they come into therapy, but...

Who Cares About Creativity?

Posted by Doug Foresta, LICSW on 9/27/12 - 5:39 PM
“Who cares about creativity? I have real problems to deal with!” This is a common reply that I get from clients (and sometimes from colleagues!) when I bring up the topic of creativity. However, the more I have a chance to write and reflect on the subject of creativity, the more convinced I become that creativity is an essential part of the healing process. I recently had an opportunity to interview Dennis Palumbo, a therapist and writer in private practice in...

Emotional Healing Through Creativity (Or: How Creativity Got a Bad Name and What We Can Do About It)

Posted by Doug Foresta, LICSW on 8/28/12 - 12:40 PM
As a therapist and theatre instructor, I hear many stories about creativity. It usually goes something like this: Creativity is something you either have or don’t have, and if you have it, you’re probably manic, anxious and neurotic. Certainly, very few clients come to me complaining that they don’t have enough creativity in their lives. However, I’ve come to experience that healthy creativity (and yes, I believe that this exists!) can help in the process of emotional healing. For the past...
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