For Other Mental Health Professionals

 

abstract-goodnessIf a picture paints a thousand words, can you imagine what would be revealed if you explored career and case issues via art based experientials?

 

While many clinicians ask their clients to engage in artmaking, far fewer therapists engage in the creative process for reflecting upon and responding to professional matters.  A lack of familiarity with one’s own visual language can compromise a therapist’s ability to attune to the client’s implicit messages as they are revealed via artmaking and the resulting art products.  Illuminating the art of therapy by processing, organizing, and integrating kinesthetic/sensory, perceptual/affective, and cognitive/symbolic levels of information offers clinicians the potential for:

    • airing our feelings about the parts we play in our therapeutic relationships
    • calming our minds in order to clarify the needs and goals of our clients and ourselves
    • contemplating our therapeutic experiences from another angle
    • contributing insight and understanding to our own nonconscious processes as therapists
    • gaining awareness and acceptance of the unknowns involved in the therapeutic process
    • introducing us to alternative ways of thinking about and experiencing our clients

 

Although my graduate training featured a psychodynamic orientation and strongly influenced me in this way, my work continues to be inspired by the overarching application of the Expressive Therapies Continuum as a transtheoretical system for deriving information and developing interventions based on an individual’s interaction with art media and methods.  I am also a student of the brain and see strong parallels between the developmentally integrative emphasis of the Expressive Therapies Continuum and the developmentally integrative emphasis of brain-based treatment.  These influences and inspirations inform my approach to experiential supervision and allow my supervisees to honor their own theoretical perspective through our work together.

 

Art based clinical supervision is available to all therapists regardless of theoretical perspective, client population, or intervention method.  No previous art experience is necessary; the focus here is process-oriented rather than product-oriented.  Because experiential supervision requires sufficient time for engaging in the art process, sessions will be two (2) hours in length.  Supervision will be offered in a studio setting, and all materials will be provided.  Contact me if you’re interested in individual or group supervision that goes beyond words!

About the Image on This Page

Abstract Art  was posted to The Public Domain website by Mitch Featherston in 2012. Click here for more information.