No artistic skill required.
You don’t need to be an artist…and you don’t need to be able to draw.
Creative approaches to therapy are expanding and becoming more accessible. All you need is a willingness to have a go at exploring your feelings in a different kind of way; using images or objects to accompany your words, or to even to replace them if words just aren’t enough.
When people think of drawing and painting, the mind conjures up images of works of art seen in galleries and of artists producing works that turn out looking just like what they set out to draw. This is a skill that can be learned with time and practice. But when we speak of being creative in the counselling room, we are removing those expectations and judgements so you are free to explore. I prefer the term ‘mark making’ to drawing, simply because it removes those preconceptions of trying to produce something that looks good. The process is the important part.
Does it feel liberating to make your dot go for a walk to create a line, without judging what this line looks like?
Maybe it feels freeing to use a bold colour on paper when you feel your life is grey?
How about taking up space on paper when you feel small in the world?
Being faced with a blank sheet of paper can feel daunting, making that first mark terrifying – is my counsellor going to judge me on how good I am? What if I do it wrong? I want to reassure you that there is no right or wrong, because working creatively in the counselling room gives you the same conditions you receive from talking therapy, an acceptance free from judgment and a counsellor who is keen to explore and take risks as and when you are.