Until We Meet Again

By Tammie Byram Fowles, MSW, Ph.D. In the past, termination held more of a finality then it does for me now. It indicated that our work was completed and our relationship had come to an end. Today, while it still marks the completion of the work we have contracted to do together, the door remains […]

The Handless Maiden: An Open Letter

Recovering from our Wounds, Reclaiming Our Wholeness Some time ago I read, “The Handless Maiden,” an old folktale in which the hands of a young girl are chopped off in order to fulfill a bargain with the devil that her father made to attain material wealth.  The girl is devastated by the loss of her hands, […]

To a Wounded Angel

Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) You’re so brave, so strong, so beautiful, and you can fly  so high… I’m so often in awe of you, did you know that? And believe me when I say to you that I value you every bit as much when you’re stooping as when you soar… Right now, settled on the […]

PERSONALITY AND ILLNESS

“The last place we tend to look for healing is within ourselves.” Wayne Muller Medical sociologist, Aaron Antonovsky, after conducting several studies regarding personality characteristics that serve to promote well being, concluded that it’s a sense of coherence within the individual that produces health. This sense of coherence is comprised of three components: (1) comprehensibility, […]

THE PATHFINDER

“Our souls grow also through the pain of crisis. In the life of the soul times come when we begin to sense, in some area of our life, the acute pain of unfilfillment. Some neglected or unknown part of oneself presses to be born.” Ann K. Elliot Gail Sheehy’s insightful book, “Pathfinders,” offers to assist […]

CALLING FORTH THE SOUL

“In the last decade of the twentieth century, perhaps in response to the magnitude of our global crisis, spirituality has been coming down to Earth…” (Ronald Miller) Thomas Moore, best-selling author, philosopher, and psychotherapist, laments that the great malady of the twentieth century has been the loss of soul. Yet his book, “Care Of The […]

The Contributions of Feminist Therapy

© Tammie Byram Fowles, MSW, Ph.D. From:  Finding the Forest: Treating Survivors of Trauma Integrating Brief, Holistic, and Narrative Techniques by Tammie Byram Fowles “Therapy must be geared to helping the client see that she must be her own rescuer – that the power she longs for is not in someone else but in herself.” […]

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

© Tammie Byram Fowles, MSW, Ph.D. From:  Finding the Forest: Treating Survivors of Trauma Integrating Brief, Holistic, and Narrative Techniques by Tammie Byram Fowles      In considering what I’ve learned over the years that has most served to guide me, I believe that the following principles have significantly shaped my work. The relationship between therapist […]

A Dedication…

I dedicate this book to you, the wounded angels. who have courageously shared with me your stories… You have touched my life in ways that I can’t possibly express, and that you cannot imagine… I have wept in your presence in spite of the years of training that cautioned me to be objective, and to […]