When new clients find out that I’m an arts psychotherapist and that they are going to be starting therapy with me, a common reaction is one of fear because they imagine I’ll make them draw, paint or create and then stand in judgement of their efforts.
So you think you can’t draw
Somewhere along the line they’ve been told that they aren’t artistic, and they’ve swallowed that idea whole. The notion that they could be creative is one that they disbelieve. Art, creativity and shame become linked and people often feel stuck and depressed because they have become cut off from a powerful resource.
“I think everything in life is art. What you do, how you dress, the way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality, what you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea, how you decorate your home, or party; your grocery list, the food you make, how your writing looks, and the way you feel. Life is art.”
My passion is to help people rediscover their innate creativity and to help them realize that to be creative means to respond with greater flexibility to life, and to the challenges it presents. I believe that life is art, and that by making your life your art, rather than the other way around, you open yourself up to greater potential, joy and fulfilment.
Brighten up your life
Could you bring creativity into the dusty corners of your life? Start small and it will grow. Buy a red lunchbox, put a vase of daffodils on your desk, wear yellow shoes, start a blog or get tweeting, paint your nails, wear lipstick, buy some crayons, find inspirational quotes and stick them up where you’ll see them.
Don’t (to paraphrase Oliver Wendell Holmes) go to your grave with your music still inside of you. Take ownership of your circumstances and your inbuilt, amazing creativity.
Life is art – go get stuck in.
Lyndsay Roberts Rayne, Clinical Supervisor & Arts Psychotherapist