An article and video caught my attention about a therapist who uses cooking to connect better with her clients and help them with their mental health concerns. She finds people relax and open up to freely converse when working together on a meal. To me, it’s sort of basic family mental health maintenance: eating meals together. Fixing meals and cooking and clean-up together can have relational-health benefits as well.
Therapist Julie Ohana:“When you’re in a traditional therapy session, there’s really nothing else to focus on other than the person you’re talking to,” Ohana explained. “For some people, it’s really intimidating and uncomfortable.“When you’re in the kitchen and doing something else with a therapist, people are really able to just kind of relax and be more themselves,” she added.“A lot of it is just conversation,” she said. “The difference is that I always have my social worker/therapist hat on, and I pick up on certain cues, so I can lead the conversation to something more meaningful.”By the end of each session, clients leave with food for thought, and an actual meal. [excerpted: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/28/health/sw-culinary-arts-therapy-cooking/index.html
What’s cooking in your kitchen/life?
Anything positive/uplifting, healthful/nutritious? Please feel free to share Reader!