There is an important difference between artistic creation and creativity. Not everybody will become an artist. However, everybody can access creativity! Starting the therapeutic journey is a creative act in itself: it requires us to tap into and expand our own resourcefulness.
Therapy is an organic and intimate process that requires a delicate balance of listening skills, presence, and pertinent risk-taking (exploration) in order to facilitate personal growth and to calm down a dysregulated nervous system.
My approach is trauma-informed and the core of my training is Creativity, Gestalt Therapy, and Mindfulness. Gestalt is an existential form of therapy that is present-centered and experiential.
Ok, but what does it all mean?
Existential means that our existence is seen as an ever-changing flux of energy and events. We have the capacity and the responsibility to intervene and to shape this rich matter called our life.
Present-centred means that the focus of Gestalt is not the past but the present. Yes, we do explore your past (and the future). But it’s in relation to the present moment, which holds the DNA of our default responses to the external world. Trauma is also something better addressed in the here and now. By being more aware of those fixed reflexes of ours, we can slowly let go of them and start adopting new ways of responding to external stimuli and relationships.
Experiential means that dialogue is not the only royal road to access the authentic self and to unlock traumatic energy. Yes, we will talk. But there are various methods to reach the deeper self. Those somatic strategies include: artwork, role-play, dreams, music, healing sounds, bodywork and sensory awareness. These embodied tools help us to access our nervous system and to regulate it.
Here is where psychotherapeutic support can help:
- Artistic identities and struggles
- Career change
- Creative blocks
- Father and son issues
- Grief and loss
- Hypersensitive person (HSP)
- LGBTQ2S ally
- Linguistic and cultural identities
- Social and sexual identities
- Substance abuse
- Trauma & complex trauma
As a psychotherapist, I practice parts work therapy using relational Gestalt, mindfulness, art therapy, and at times some IFS & CBT strategies.