Hey, I’m Petra Borzynski - a psychotherapist, vocal coach and writer (and a former geoscientist, but that’d lead too far). I won’t bore you with my life story (if you really must: It’s on my webpage, which you can find via “Work With Me”), because both of my newsletters are for you:

One explores questions related to the mental health of creative artists, the other how storytelling can help us with our creativity and mental well-being.

In certain ways, they do similar things, but the writer in me just loves to take the fine-tooth comb to my favourite stories. I have many, but I decided to start with one that has been a companion for over 30 years of my life: Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman”.

What is “The Creative Cure”?

The Creative Cure looks at how art and creativity can help us cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. However, we will also explore why the way our creative minds work can sometimes feel like the root of our struggles, and how being a creative (no matter if you are a writer, visual artist, performer, musician or something else entirely) sometimes adds so many unknowns to our lives that things can feel really unstable.

What is “The Sandman: Shadow Truths”?

Shadow Truths is for the dreamers and storytellers out there. This might be the newsletter for you if you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions:

  • You dream of creating something that matters

  • You struggle with mental health issues that hold you back

  • You love The Sandman, the epic comic book series by Neil Gaiman

In essence, we will explore how “The Sandman” can inspire and challenge us in our quests around creativity and mental well-being.

(If you are already a subscriber to The Creative Cure and would also like to subscribe to Shadow Truths, you will need to switch this on via your account settings.)

Both newsletters will alternate on a fortnightly basis (at least that’s the plan—I might occasionally need to break that promise since I do all of this in my spare time).

I hope you join me on finding The Creative Cure and Shadow Truths, and I’d love to hear from you!

Do you have any questions or comments? Do you have any suggestions for future topics or issues?

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Why subscribe?

The very idea of The Creative Cure is that mental health support should be available to everyone, and that creativity is not a magical unicorn for a select few. That’s why none of my newsletters will go behind a paywall.

Having said this: It takes time and expertise to craft this content, and your support is appreciated - that’s what keeps The Creative Cure free for everyone. If you would like to support my work, here’s what you can do:

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The Creative Cure and its newsletters/companion podcasts are not therapy, neither are they intended to replace therapy. The goal of The Creative Cure is to talk about creativity, the challenges that today’s artists face, and to shine a light on general mental health topics that affect creatives.
As a psychotherapist, I am unable to answer emails/messages that would require an established therapeutic relationship. If you require psychotherapy, please get in contact with a registered mental health provider, or enquire about psychotherapeutic services.

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Petra Borzynski

Mental Health Support & Education for Creatives | Scientist, Performer, Psychotherapist (not always in that order) | Comics Nerd | Closeted Writer (not that closeted really, but that's a different story) | Hence: Superhero- and Story Therapy