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Holding the Candle Til the Light Comes On Poem [20/04/21]

Today's Submission comes from Deirdre McCormick

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we invited IACP members to submit art content including poetry, photography, or short video clips, e.g. wishing IACP a Happy Birthday or expressing what the IACP means to them. Today's submission is from Deirdre McCormick a Pre-Accredited Member from Dublin.

Deidre McCormick

Deidre is an Integrative Counsellor and Art Therapist working towards her IACP accreditation.
She loves  all forms of creativity and finds it to be a great coping mechanism during these bizarre times.

She is passionate about empowering people to use expressive arts for healing and self-worth. Using poetry, art, metaphor and trauma-informed interventions in therapy sessions, she tries to help clients imagine a different possibility for their lives.

If you are interested in submitting your work, please email 

Holding the Candle Til the Light Comes On

by Dee McCormick 

It's a strange and privileged place to be
to sit with another in the black
In times we never thought we'd see
Wishing it would all go back

The therapeutic space we hold
seems more precious now than ever
Listening as the story is told
With intent to help, we endeavour

To shine the light within the darkness
to hold the candle until the dawn
to help them see a hope beyond this
to find the strength to carry on

We doubt ourselves, we doubt our power
but all it takes is just the flame
It's true it may be just an hour
but it lights the darkness all the same.



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