Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 5–17 | Cite as

Poetry on the Final Common Pathway of the Psychotherapies: Private Self, Social Self, Self-in-the World

  • Kenneth Gorelick


The place of poetry within five major schools of psychotherapy is briefly examined. The process of self-creation is presented as a final common pathway for poetry and therapy. Specific principles of poetry therapy are applied to schizophrenic patients. An identification of key issues pertaining to the role of the therapist and the field of poetry therapy conclude the article.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth Gorelick
    • 1
  1. 1.Barton Hall, Saint Elizabeths Hospital ComplexD.C. Commission on Mental Health ServicesWashington, DCUSA

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