We use Creative Counselling Interventions to help clients express their emotions and share their stories in ways that may feel easier than talking
Therapy counselling does not have to be a hard slug through endless emotional struggles.
Get in touch with the hidden and neglected part of your that needs to be seen, loved and integrated into the here and now. Discover inner peace, self-love, good health and success.
The aim of creative therapy is to help my clients find a form of expression beyond words or traditional therapy, such as cognitive or psychotherapy. We providing art, music, movement, drama, ecotherapy, photography, baking on a one to one basis or as part of group work’
We also encourage creative working in one on one counselling sessions using:
- Use of pre-drawn or pre-written sheets to facilitate creative experiment
- Use of storyboards
- Use of Sand tray
- Use of dolls, animals, stones
- Use of paints, chalk, crayons
- Use of playdough
You can uncover feelings of anger, hurt, grief, fear, sadness, panic or stress by using a variety of creative media mentioned above to help you access deep despair, help you resolve inner conflict, modify problematic behaviours, and find emotional balance.
The Science Bit
The left side of the brain is said to be responsible for rational, logical, and abstract cognition and conscious knowledge.
It has been suggested that activities associated with the left hemisphere currently dominate mental health services. This is evidenced by the recent reliance upon psychopharmacology over counselling, the reductionist and idealistic view of “evidence-based practice,” and a lack of respect.
The right side of the brain is said to be associated with unconscious social and emotional learning and includes intuition, empathy, creativity, and flexibility. Some argue that counselling has always been associated with the right hemisphere (RH) processes.
Studies have found that experienced counsellors tend to rely more on intuition than manualized protocols. Counsellors tend to learn intuitive skills such as timing and word choice with experience, and most of us will rely at times on our ‘gut’ on.
It has been suggested that an effective counselling relationship can’t be achieved by simply focussing on verbal content (LH); a good counselling relationship requires the integration of both LH and RH processes.
Approximately 60% of communication is nonverbal (Burgoon, 1985), which is an RH function. Counselling effectively requires the integration of both right- and left-brain processing.
It is a process of discovering ourselves through any art form by discovering feelings and finding creative ways of expressing them.
Some issues that creative counselling may help with are:
- Relationship breakdown and communication difficulties,
- Separation, divorce, loss, grief or bereavement
- Individuals living with addiction or exposed to domestic violence
- Behavioural difficulties, aggressive, withdrawn, defiant or controlling individual
- Insecurities, fears and bullying
- Depression, anxieties, stressors and panic
- Self-harm and eating problems
- Issues of sexual, emotional, racial or physical abuse
- Self-esteem/image and confidence
Our Creative counselling works across a variety of settings which include; health, social work, education and the community.
I don’t run all the creative therapy/ counselling sessions myself, but I work with fully qualified therapists and counsellors.
Once in a while I may extend invitations to work with professional artists, musicians, photographers and other specialists.
Counselling as a collaborative process – the process relies on both the client and the counsellor working together as a team. It is important for you to want to change and commit to the therapy. You will only heal, change or grow based on how much you are open, willing and ready.