Marianela Medrano-Marra

Marianela Medrano

Marianela Medrano is a counselor and Dominican writer living and practicing in Stamford, CT. She writes poetry, essays, and creative non-fiction; with publications including essays and four books of poetry.

  • Four Paths to Psychological Flexibility

    May 15, 2017
    Poetry has served me well. As a child I learned to seek refuge in silence, in reading and in writing, whenever I was confronted with difficulties. It turned into a habitual practice and offered me the confidence to trust that no matter how disturbing the circumstances I always had a way out or a way in, depending on the situation at hand.
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  • Re-Writing Ourselves

    Feb 10, 2014
    Ancient wisdom tells us that there is value in embracing change and uncertainty. “The Guest House,” a poem by Persian poet Rumi, which touches on this theme, is a good reminder of that perennial wisdom, and I have used it to very good effect in my therapeutic work. Often, people come to my practice wanting to be liberated from the oppressive grip of depression. I have found Poetry Therapy to be an important tool in discerning a viable way to come out of depression.
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  • When Creativity Heals

    Oct 31, 2012
    “…art approaches as a saving sorceress, expert at healing. She alone knows how to turn these nauseous thoughts about the horror or absurdity of existence into notions with which one can live.” –Frederick Nietzsche in The Birth of Tragedy
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  • What Not to Do with Broken Hearts

    Sep 12, 2012
    In Macbeth, act IV, scene 3, lines 210-11, Shakespeare’s Malcolm extends the ultimate invitation to us: Give sorrow words. The grief that does not speak Whispers the o’erfraught heart and bids it break.
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  • The Current Era of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Upheaval and the Pleasure of Practice

    Aug 06, 2012
    After a few sessions, a client I’ll call “Paul” looks at me with tears in his eyes and says, “I wish I had known this years before. I can help myself if I learn to watch my mind—it’s so simple that it’s almost silly, but what a difference it makes for me.”
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