What is creative therapy really all about?

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Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

How do we find ourselves using art? One answer might be what happens in the therapy room when we art art and imagination as a form of communication ... and not just in the therapy room. We can also make "art" outside and find inspiring images in nature. We can use it for ourselves as a way to reflect on our lives, for example by writing poetry or journaling

For some people, just talking isn't enough - they may not have the words to express a feeling. Words can also be just a simplistic label, rather than conveying the true depth of a felt experience. If you ever wake from a terrifying nightmare, heart pounding, could you put that feeling into words? Maybe you could paint it, drum it, scream it?  What if that terrifying nighmare is your life every day?

Talking it about it directly may be too difficult, too exposing - but you could show someone else, through an image.

Images, stories, puppets, music may all be used to explore various "edges" of experince, to try out different aspects of self. Always living life as a "crowd pleaser"? Try choosing a puppet to be a more assertive you. People are often surprised at what comes out of their mouth when they speak as a puppet. We know certain bits of ourselves only too well. We may have forgotten or never realised fully the other inner characters that we are not allowing a place on the stage, a voice.

The prospect of having to make images or write poems can seem intimidating. Using creative forms for self expression isn't about making good art. What is "good art" anyway and who gets to decide what's good?

In therapy, there is space for the creative process to unfold without judgement - this is about new insights and illuminating hidden corners of our inner world. In forming a unique image or creating a poem or story, we can share our experiences with another at a profound level.

 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy offers a safe, caring, supportive and confidential space to talk openly about difficulties, and explore how past experiences may be impacting on your life.

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Outdoor Therapy

Outdoor Therapy

I work with metaphor and symbol to link to each person's unconscious process. Some of the first 'art' we made was created through exploratory play in the natural world. 

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Public Speaking

Public Keynote Speaker

I am an experienced Public Keynote Speaker providing thought provoking insight. I am available to speak at conferences on issues relating to mental wellbeing. 

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Workshops

Youth Workshops

An area of interest is the impact on young people of growing up in the digital age. I run workshops in secondary schools looking at emotional awareness in relationships.

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