In Bibliotherapy we are letting the words act in us:
“Words are working tools opening gates for unconsciousness”
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How does it work ?
The different kinds of texts we read and write help us to re-read and re-write the patients unique narrative. When the patient’s narrative changes his or her inner world changes as well. When the text of the patient gets wider his or her identity and sense of self can become more flexible and creative. As a bibliotherapist I work with toddlers, children, parents, and adults. Together, my patients and I use their own creativity and playfulness to find a new way to cope with difficulties.
Our inner Story
In times of difficulty and hardship, the story we tell ourselves is a narrow, one-dimensional story. Bibliotherapy is an invitation to re-create our stories about ourselves and to look at our current narratives from a unique perspective. To do so, we use both literary texts and the everyday text that we write for ourselves. Bibliotherapy enables us to become aware of the different ways we can use words and encourages us to discover their healing power.Bibliotherapy is available for children, teens and adults. My specialties include: Individual sessions for children, youth, and adults; dyadic meetings in which parent and child meet together; and parent training. I have experience working with patients who have developmental delays, behavioral problems and severe mental disorders.Each therapy session is a unique encounter between the patient and me. Each therapy session is a different journey with a path of its own. During the journey, I often suggest using literary or everyday texts, as well as the processes of reading and writing together. Along the way we find relief and well-being, learning to use words in ways that allow us to have a wider mental space in which to breathe.
Bibliotherapy is an expressive therapy that has developed in Israel over the last 20 years. As a bibliotherapist and psychotherapist, I integrate the processes of reading and writing into therapeutic discourse and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In therapy, I use many kinds of texts: poems, prose, biblical passages, movies, dreams, diaries, blogs and childhood lullabies. Of course, all of my patients bring their own unique narratives with them. Together, we try to understand their difficulties better and work to find a way to improve their situations.
Bibliotherapy places the processes of reading and writing the literary text at the center of the therapeutic dialogue and sees literature as a major channel through which the therapeutic dialogue is taking place.
Dr. Biri Rottenberg
Bibliotherapist, Psychotherapist and a clinical instructor at a private practice in Israel.
Lecturer in the field of Bibliotherapy at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
Therapeutic Expertise:Individual therapy for adults. Dyadic and individual therapy for children and parents and parent training.
Let The Words
Let the words act in you
let them be free
they will enter you inside
making forms upon forms
will form in you that experience
let the words act in you
they will do in you as they please
remaking new forms in the thing
they will make in your thing
exactly the same thing
for they are the thing they make
you will understand that they revive
for you that experience and its meaning like nature
because they are nature and not an invention
and not a discovery for they are yes nature
they will make the thing nature in you
like giving sex is life to the word
let the words act in you