"But, I am not artistic!" is a common response from individuals who are considering the expressive arts as a road to health. My response is always, "GREAT!". Oftentimes those who have considerable talent in the arts struggle to quiet the inner critic. Although the fine arts are very important to our lives and culture, our work together is not about refining skill. Understanding this is often a deep relief to most of us who have never felt "artistic".
Do you remember how much fun it was to make unfettered shapes and images on a page when you were four years old? Blobs of color held meaning and elicited joy. Young children don't give a hang about impressing anyone with their artistic skill. They instinctively, and simply, create. We will work together to unleash that young part of you that gleans joy and meaning from the creative process. That is just the beginning.
The simple act of "making" is soothing in and of itself. The discovery of inner meaning is an added benefit. Our work together can help promote self-understanding, identify personal stressors that need transformation, create insight and direction, foster self-care, and provide a new sense of delight in life.
You can chose to do a series of expressive arts sessions that are based on a theme that is important to you, for example: processing loss, or embracing transition in your life. Or, you can decide to participate in solo sessions and continue your progress independently. Either way, you will be encouraged to adopt a practice of engaging in the arts on your own. This will be done through visual journaling, making or listening to music with intention, perhaps experiencing dance for the first time, adopting a practice of creative writing, or some combination of the many possibilities of creative expression.