What does creative psychotherapy look like?
Updated: Apr 20, 2020
It looks different for everyone. Every creative therapist will offer a different experience based on their specialist training and interests. And each person who attends therapy will experience their therapy in their own personal way.
With me you can expect a Person Centred approach as well as an Integrative approach. Informed by Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Supported by a background in sculpture and visual arts. Topped off by years of nature based practices.
The opportunity to use creative methods to explore personal stories and feelings is paramount to a persons’ creative psychotherapeutic process. A creative psychotherapist has most likely trained in an arts therapy modality (art, drama, music, dance movement) and previous training/life experience in the arts, thus being able to offer a rich and full understanding of working with the creative process.
What is the creative process?
It is a way or a journey, for you to enter and explore consciously and unconsciously whatever murmurs within you; what needs to rise to the surface and be paid attention to. Perhaps just to be heard and acknowledged or discussed and further explored in words or in creative expression.
What does this creative process look like?
For each person, it will be different and within each style of arts therapy and with each therapist it will differ. Essentially, you will be given the opportunity to explore and feel, express yourself in movement, sound, mark making, sculpture making, role playing and dance. Using colours, shapes, gestures with your body or with a pencil, telling stories, bringing dreams, playing. For some this can be fun, exhilarating, freeing - for others, scary, challenging and surprising. Quite often in therapy you will encounter all of these feelings and more.
Creative therapy offers a way through which talking therapy doesn’t. My background as a Person Centred Dance Movement Psychotherapist supports a client-led session, walking alongside my client, letting them choose the direction, topic and pace of their sessions. Some creative therapists are directive, offering instructions and techniques or activities for clients to explore, especially in group therapy. With the addition of an integrative approach, I may offer my client a suggestion for an activity which they are free to try or decline.
The magic of creative psychotherapy is always surprising. It offers great benefits, in that it can reach people who would not find talking therapy easy or relevant.