Group therapy is ideal for addressing social difficulties and exploring one's relationship to other people. It can help to make conscious our habitual ways of relating to others and lead to new insights about our behaviour. Groups can also offer support between the members and it can be helpful to meet other people with similar difficulties. Dramatherapy offers a very safe and supportive group experience. The use of drama, play, story and imaginative ways of working can facil
Creative therapy sessions offer clients an imaginative method of working through feelings and difficulties. There will be space to talk and reflect as well as creative expression. No previous experience or skills are necessary. I will offer a variety of creative methods of therapeutic work such as image making, dream exploration, story making and traditional story work, and dramatherapy and play. The therapy is based on the theories of Analytical Psychology and C.G.Jung. Impo
Adolescents and children who feel they are too old for play therapy may enjoy creative therapy sessions. Often this client group want to talk to the therapist and sessions may be used just for this. Teenagers in particular are often resistant to any activities that seem 'childish' but may enjoy the opportunity for therapeutic image making or story work. I provide art materials and activities such as pictograms and life maps. I encourage young people to explore their difficul
Dreams contain helpful information from the unconscious and I encourage clients to write down their dreams. It can also be healing to draw or paint images from them. It can be helpful to explore a dream or an image from a dream in therapy. I am not an analyst and do not analyse dreams for clients but can work creatively with dream material. In group work it can be useful to enact a dream, allowing the dreamer to direct the enactment and to observe the dream again consciously.
One way of working imaginatively with emotions and difficulties is to create images. This can be done by drawing, painting, making a collage or modelling in clay/plasticine. The image may represent a feeling state or be an imaginative representation of a problem or life situation. Images may also be taken from dreams. You do not need to be 'good' at art or to create 'perfect' pieces. Finding an image for an emotion or difficult situation can help to create some distance from
I use traditional stories, myths and fairytales and sometimes children's stories with groups and individuals. Children understand and enjoy the language of story and stories can help them to safely explore difficult themes. Teenagers and adults may be able to recognise aspects of themselves and their lives in traditional stories and use them to creatively explore problems. C.G.Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist, proposed that traditional stories are an expression of the collective
I have been using puppets in therapy for many years. I use glove puppets, rod puppets and finger puppets with children and adults. Puppets allow clients to quickly take on a character and can facilitate the expression of powerful feelings - while also keeping some distance from what is enacted. Traditional characters like the Wolf, King, Witch or Fairy are recognised by all ages and are easy for clients to connect with. Children can use puppets to act out stories or to play w
I often use pictograms with clients as they are a great way of gaining some distance from a problem and helping to see things in a new way. They are also very useful in allowing people to explain how they are feeling. I ask the client to choose several objects and to create a picture with them to show me something - maybe a difficult situation they have just experienced or a significant event from the past. We can then discuss our responses to the picture and the client may o