Creative Art is a form of expression that gives a voice to something that is unspoken. The personal meaning of the symbols or images that are chosen and what they “say” encapsulate inner feelings that express our inner world. Through exercises in mixed collage, we surface parts about ourselves through spontaneous expression that is separate from words or speech. The emphasis is on the process and observing how the body responds.
Claiming those parts of ourselves we don’t like, want to avoid or find painful, enables us to work through our deepest personal issues. Creative Art uses a symbolic language in a pleasurable process of identifying, accepting, owning, and integrating those parts of ourselves. When we learn to embrace these parts with curiosity, and accept them with compassion, we can find our strengths to access greater self-acceptance.
My work with clients dealing with issues such as emotional eating from daily stress is to not “cure” or “fix” them, but rather to help clients to flourish. I help each client objectify their situation and think from an alternative point of view. This requires looking at daily routines in new ways, to help us break free from the immediacy of personal circumstances, and to place things in a wider framework. The symbolic images can help a client to discuss and reconcile their inner conflicts to gain a new perspective.
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