building local capacity to provide psychosocial support for survivors of violence
developing culturally responsive programs in collaboration with local partners
embedding psychotherapy within an array of holistic services for survivors
integrating traditional practices with evidence based, trauma-informed psychotherapeutic practices
promoting survivors’ strengths and resilience rather than “treating” their symptoms

Common Threads Project takes its inspiration from the ancient art of making story cloths. In many cultures when women have faced unspeakable atrocities, they’ve come together to share their experiences, to support one another, and to sew their stories onto cloth in order to find their way out of despair.  Common Threads Project infuses this practice with evidence-based trauma therapy, psycho-education, and mind-body work.

The following video explores textiles made by women who have survived adversity in many contexts. The powerful artwork the women have produced in cloth speaks to us not only of their pain, but also of their resilience and strength. Through it they find a way to connect to one another and to activate their capacity for coping with what has happened to them.  These widespread cultural healing practices have much to teach us about effective ways to heal from traumatic events.