Creative Healing | Art Therapist

Creative Healing | Art Therapist


I always knew
right from a young age that I wanted to do something
that was helping children and I wanted to do something
that was creative, so what that looked
like I didn’t know. Even now when people ask me
‘What do you do?’ and I say I’m an art therapist
people go ‘A what?’ ‘So do you analyze pictures?’ Art therapy is really the
combination of psychotherapy and creating of artwork. Now, I want you
to close your eyes and begin to imagine
your favourite place I do sort of regular counselling
as well as incorporate doing artwork
as part of the process. When you’re ready
you can open your eye and do a picture
of anything you imagined. With my client’s artwork
it’s not so much about the end product that they make,
but for me it’s about the process of creation and what they describe
about their image. When I was young
my parents separated and I remember that just being
such a chaotic, scary sometimes, confusing. I know that I’d always
go to doing my own artwork and I’d spend a lot of time
just kind of delving into my imagination and found that to be
such a comfort for me in times when I was young. I have kinda come along
in my path as an art therapist to specialize in divorce and
separation work and how to help kids who are
going through that process. We don’t have to make great
drawings, it’s just about being expressive. You really want to be genuine
with people and you’re hearing a lot
of hard things that they go through and they
don’t know what to do next and they need some guidance. Especially for parents I think,
to come to a professional and say ‘I don’t know
how to help my child anymore with this.
I need somebody else’. I feel so fortunate that these
kids will trust in me to tell me things they have
never told anyone before. The kids know that I’m really
there for them, that I’m not there
for their parent agenda. You know I get notes
‘Thank you for changing my life’ and there is no better reward
in life.

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