April 25, 2017

The Role of Creativity in Counseling

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:36 pm by kellyfdennis

When you are going through a difficult time, creativity is sometimes the last thing on your mind. In fact, many clients tell me they believe they don’t have any creative skills. The truth is, we all are creative in some ways. Many people are obviously creative such as musicians, sculptors, painters. Others of us are creative in different way, perhaps in the way we problem solve or communicate.

Sometimes tapping into our creativity is just the thing we need to get out of a rut, look at things differently, or even move forward in recovery. Using our creative side takes us out of that autopilot mode we can get trapped in when we are analyzing, evaluating and thinking bout our thinking (all important tasks at one time or another). It can help us to get to know our authentic selves in a deeper way.

Maybe you have been one of those obviously creative people in the past, but have let your creativity lapse during a stressful or transitional time in your life. What would it be like to pick up that flute, or put your fingers on a piano, or pick up a paint brush or pencil? Although, clients will tell me it seems intimidating to think of, for most it is usually an awesome feeling when they allow themselves to just be curious about something that used to be a pretty big part of their lives.

If there’s nothing popping to mind when you read that word “creative”, there are many things you can try to get that creativity flowing. Try some (or all) of these ideas and be mindful of how you feel while you are participating: Dig in the dirt and plant something;  Pick up your phone (or a real camera even) and just start taking some pictures of whatever catches your eye; Experiment with make up or hair color; Go to a thrift store and put together some wacky or awesome outfits; Dig around in your junk drawer and make a 3d collage; Design your dream house; Try something completely new that uses your hands.

You get the idea! Don’t be afraid to be curious, no judgement; just let go and have fun!

Be well and have a wonderful day!


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