Transpersonal Art Therapy
There are times in life when things are smooth (or at least fairly smooth) sailing and then there are those other times when the seas feel rough and the waves get huge. At times you may feel stuck, and you just can’t seem to find your next step forward. Perhaps you don’t know which direction to go in terms of your career or family, or you have a sense of being held back in other areas.
Throughout life we may experience the same or similar issues. It is like the narrative seems to be repeating itself, possibly in a slightly different shape or form. No matter how much we talk about this stuff with close friends, partners, family or even counsellors, we cannot seem to shift perspectives and blockages.
Have you ever found that when you regurgitate a story, it becomes more and more true in your own mind? Art Therapy can offer you another perspective and help you see things from a different angle.
I love this quote by the beautiful and inspiring Pema Chodron:
Art Therapy is described by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) as “a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.”
Clients may have a range of difficulties, varying from spiritual to emotional, and mental to physical and/or behavioural problems. Art Therapy is certainly not limited to being used as a healing modality within mental health settings. Neither is the use of Art Therapy limited to a certain age group, but it is widely applicable across all members of society.
Work with me
When we work together, it is important you are transparent and honest with me, and more importantly with yourself. Remember at all times that we are working in a safe space.
The process is intuitive, safe and I journey right alongside you, to those places within where you need to go to obtain healing or guidance, as needed.
Sometimes all we need is a simple nudge to keep going, at other times we may need to listen to deeper passions or long forgotten dreams and callings.
You might find the need to connect with different aspects of your Self, parts which have not been heard or listened to for a while.
The next step could be to find ways to integrate these parts so you can become whole again. Using a variety of art mediums we can explore what things would look like.
My approach is client-centered. During sessions we dig deep into our Toolboxes (yes! both yours and mine!) and may use a variety of art materials, from pastels and oil crayons to paint, mixed media, items from nature, collage, clay, essential oils and more.
We find ways to get in contact with the subconscious part of our being and bring unknown and helpful resources back into awareness. Sometimes we may include drumming, music and essential oils.