Sometimes it’s difficult to find the words to communicate how we feel and that’s when using art as an individual healing experience can really help, because using sand-trays, clay, puppets, painting and drawing gives us an alternative way to express ourselves.
Creativity is an important and often overlooked part of the adult human experience. So many people feel inhibited about their creative abilities having had negative school experiences or setting standards for their artwork by comparing themselves to well know artists. But working with the arts therapeutically isn’t about being top of the art class, or submitting work for exhibition. Everyone is creative and has inherent artistic abilities. Being creative is about making your mark and exploring your inner world using imagination and unconscious processes expressed through shape, color, metaphor and symbols.
Karen trained to work with the arts therapeutically at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London and now practices in the Cheltenham & Gloucestershire area.
NB: Karen is not a HCPC Registered Art Therapist.