Creative Arts Therapy
Deciding to see a therapist is a huge step towards getting more fulfillment out of life. Often we rationalize, avoid, isolate or give up when faced with life's challenges. This leaves us feeling anxious, depressed, powerless and hopeless. By reaching out for help, you're taking the initial steps towards change.
My belief is that psychotherapy is an active process where you and I explore issues in your life that are troubling. In doing so, you become the catalyst of change. I view my role as a guide along your journey, offering support, guidance, empathy, insight and encouragement. The goal is to help you feel entitled to all of your feelings - happiness, contentment, sadness, anger, frustration, excitement to name a few - without feeling overwhelmed, helpless and hopeless. In turn, you become better equipped to attain what you want in life, the way you would like.
My training as a creative arts therapist specializing in drama therapy, allows me to envision people's personalities as a constellation of roles. At times, these roles come into conflict which cause psychological distress. Additionally, I see problematic relationships as two people's roles conflicting (think the jealous lover and abandoned partner).
What does this mean for therapy, am I going to have to act out my problems?! No, rather I use my training as a drama therapist to inform my thinking and interventions, helping both of us gain some distance when you may feel that it's overwhelming. Often I may share metaphors, stories or images when listening to you to help you take a step back, look and gain a better understanding. Role playing is optional but never required!
Ultimately you can reach a place where you can become clearer on how you feel, what you want and empowered to get it.