My answer? “Flying by the seat of my pants!’
There is a lot of truth to that statement, however there have also been remarkable guides who have come into my life at just the right moment.
The Person-Centered Expressive Therapy Institute (PCETI), Natalie Rogers, Anin Utgaard, Shelly Davis, Maria Gonzalez-Blue, and Patricia, were some of the more transformative mentors I’ve had the good fortune of traveling with.
At a time when I was feeling completely isolated, I found a book which mentioned the term, Expressive Arts Therapist. Synchronicity? It seemed more like Divine intervention, as the book was lying on a table, as I was exiting the store. As I continued reading, I felt a deep sense of validation, as I realized that I was working with clients exactly as described. I was astonished and felt like I had found my long lost tribe.
I came home and researched expressive arts programs. The first one I found was PCETI. I contacted them and signed up for their Foundations weekend, so I could gather with kindred spirits, who were using creative process as a vehicle for healing. That week changed my life in so many ways. I now had community, I had others I could call upon who had walked a similar path. They were exploring, experimenting and working without a net, in-what at the time was-a new emerging field. My PCETI sisters became my life line and I remain connected to them to this day. I will be forever grateful to them for their love, acceptance and guidance.
Why am I sharing this story with you? To tell you that I understand what it’s like to walk a path alone and you don’t have to. Creatives are often soloists. We like working alone, moving to the rhythm of our own drummer. Yet there are times it can feel isolating or stale, and that’s where the power of co-creating can offer an infusion of collaborative genius.
I offer consultation services to professionals who might be interested in learning how to bring this exciting, transformative and creative work into their practice with clients.
Creative Awakenings Expressive Arts Mentorship is for:
- Anyone wishing to use person-centered expressive arts in their work lives or mental health practices.
- Social workers
- Equine Facilitated Learning Practitioners
- RN’s and Hospital staff
- Organization and groups who are looking to bring the healing power of creative process to staff and clients
Contact me to learn more about how Creative Awakenings and expressive arts processes can enhance your practice.