Express what you are feeling and let go of those ‘should’s’
Try out a new medium like watercolor pencils, feel the water on the paper as you try to guide it in a series of random marks.
Try different colors and see what you like best – don’t try to think, just improvise and allow yourself the freedom of expression. Trust in what comes up from the unconscious, trust your hands, stay with your feelings. The art experience can be an introspective, meditative and peaceful experience if you can drop into the body and relax. Feel free to use your body, your hips and your shoulders, you hands– just move to your own beat. Trust your body’s inherent wisdom of how to move and sense into the process of making art. Don’t stop to analyze and critique, don’t evaluate what you see before you.
Each session of Expressive Arts Therapy starts with warm ups and doodles, sometimes therapist and client create together… before we get into the main portion of the art. This gives the body time to play and explore, to express and release. I guide you into the process of making the art, slowly and gradually. We also work with free association, guided imagery and changes in perspectives as I lead the artwork. You are never alone. When you are done, we will dialogue with the art. “What does your drawing say about you?” I might ask. I will ask you questions to help you go deeper within, and as you go inside, you will receive real answers that relate to your life’s challenges. This is a chance to look within and be real with yourself. The experience of making art is a powerful one, a way to connect to your senses, to make sense of yourself gently and with ease.
You are simply playing and entering a childlike essence – and it is in this arena of play, that you find healing and resilience, that ability to overcome life’s demands. You develop a loving affection for what emerges from your art work. You are the expert of your hardships and suffering and will be the one who finds clarity through the art.