The creative process draws us into otherwise untouched parts of ourselves and encourages us to tap into the deep wells of insight and innovation we all carry within. When we open ourselves up to creativity we give ourselves the opportunity to practice non-judgment and self-acceptance and look at the world from new perspectives.
I incorporate creative tools into my practice on a regular basis and keep a supply of art materials on hand for use during sessions. I use visual art mediums such as mandalas, imagery cards, collage, and life mapping. I also draw upon my training and experience as a creative writer to work with clients interested in exploring their work through the written word. Poetry, memoir, letters, and metaphorical fiction are all powerful tools when integrated with a therapeutic purpose.
My practice and perspective is also frequently informed by Narrative Therapy -- a model of therapy looking at how we make meaning through the stories we tell about ourselves and our lives.