|WORKING IN A CREATIVE WAY
A professionally trained creative arts therapist may introduce a space where unfinished business, from childhood memories, experiences and introjections (internal messages), that are inappropriate are unpacked and explored. Permission is given to allow expression at all levels, however small or large – physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually – which can aid the release of a body tension, emotion, images left unexpressed and memories unvisited.
Creativity is a central component of an engaging and joyful life, and we each express our creativity in unique ways. The question is not whether you are creative, but rather what areas bring out your creativity?
Creative arts therapies are the integration of art processes with counselling and psychotherapy using various forms of interventions, which include using creative and therapeutic play. The invitation is to choose from a ‘box full of media’. For example – art; clay; puppets; music; drama; body movement; metaphor; imagination and story-telling. Each form has its own unique role in therapy depending on the client, how creative the therapist is, the setting and application. The relationship between the client, therapist and object of expression is considered central to this approach.
I ensure various items are visible to draw attention and tickle curiosity, for example paper, paint, pens, puppets, play-dough and clay, stones, materials, stickers, scissors, glue, tissue paper– and myself with my internal ‘box of tricks’. Music is available (with some instruments) and clients are invited to bring music to play that may have touched their hearts.
This way of working is highly original and a true, flexible, living gestalt.
It maybe that verbalising may feel like a betrayal, or letting out something that they feel uncomfortable talking about.
However, as in this example, (right) using play do, paper and pens the child can write, draw and make shapes that tell their story.
No words, questions or answers have to be said, therefore no judgements or criticism made by another adult – just acceptance.
With young people and adolescents sometimes other mediums are used. As in this example, (below) it is not always on paper!
This beautiful piece of art was carried out presumably during a ‘boring’ lesson and she agreed to let me photograph it.
The consequences that she may get into trouble and have to wash off her art, was explored and how she imagined she would feel if that happened.
"Creativity is a celebration of one's grandeur, one's sense of making anything possible. Creativity is a celebration of life- my celebration of life. It is a bold statement: I am here! I love life! I love me! I can be anything! I can do anything!"
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