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Awakening Clinical Intuition


In her 2014 release, Terry Marks-Tarlow addressed how current neuroscience informs and even alters the ways we work with clients. She shared her writing process with SPT, offering insight into how she moved from conceptualization to publication as well as how she created the illustrations to accompany the text.

For me, writing is like a river that runs through my veins, coursing more deeply than any other current in my life. Along with being a clinical psychologist and artist, I am also a wife and mother. I used to feel guilty about the intensity of my preoccupation with writing, as if this meant I didn’t love my husband and children enough. I’ve come to realize the falsity of that fear. If I don’t take care of myself fully first, how can I possibly serve others? This realization has freed me up. I now experience my personal history as marked by twin births. The birth of my body occurred more than 50 years ago, signaling my physical arrival on Earth. The birth of my spirit occurs in an ongoing fashion, through my writings, outside of time. This second birth feels like a successive awakening, an integration of intellect, passion, and spirit. This is the realm where I cobble together meaning on the grandest scale.

Read more of Terry’s reflections on writing Awakening Clinical Intuition