Friday, October 26, 2012
As I prepare to work with clients this week
I take the time to plan out my sessions.
What will be the focus in the groups?
What materials will we use?
How will I facilitate this?
From experience I know to not plan too much
since the real magic with Art Therapy is that
each session goes the way the clients need it to go.
I plan and prepare, but the secret is to let them lead
and allowing the session to be flexible.
Allowing this gives the participants the room
to share what they feel they need to express.
My job is to hold the space
so they feel safe to do so.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
This image is one I created while exploring my Inner Critic. You know, that little voice that you hear saying things like, "this looks terrible, you can't draw, you should just quit..."
I gave her some space on the page but made sure she was
contained so that her negativity could not reach me.
This was my message to her:
"Your words can't reach me now.
I know you are still there but I have silenced you.
Your negativity can stay there with you, keep it to yourself.
I have no need for it, it does not help me any
and really gets old after awhile."
Do you have an inner critic when you create? What do you do to work through the negative thoughts?
Friday, October 19, 2012
Starting a new group,
wondering what the clients will be like
I begin to set up the supplies.
Crayons, markers, glue sticks,
pens, scissors, pastels and chalk.
They are simple things.
They invite exploration,
they don't intimidate
and they welcome the timid.
The clients come in,
they all choose their seats
and almost instinctively reach out and touch the supplies.
Most ask for a piece of paper.