Hello curious soul. Have you ever wondered “who am I? What makes me ME?” We are all survivors of many things and through some experiences we lose touch with our true essence, the unique colours that make up our authentic selves. You know that sensation you feel when you hear upsetting or shocking news? The feeling of energy draining out of you, like part of you is washing away…like your colour is draining from your mind, body and soul and often you can be told “you look as pale as a ghost”. Metaphorically it is as if you have lost some of your colours; the colours that describe your authentic vital energy and essence, that makes you the unique individual that you are.
Very often, we experience difficulties in revitalizing those colours with just words. This is the power of Art Therapy: its ability to help you tap into and explore your experiences using all your senses; not just your words. Slashes of deep red splashed across soft hues of violet and pink, may to an ‘artists eye’ be incongruent to what they perceive as pleasing, however in Art Therapy, this is valued as pure unadulterated expression! Expression that has been discovered and released from deep within and is uniquely emotive to the expressor. Perhaps it is physical or emotional pain, stress or fear. It may be frustration of feeling stuck in a relationship or job that no longer serves you or parts of self that may have been forgotten. It could be a desire to increase confidence, personal development and to truly understand and connect to your true essence. It is intuitively what the expressor needs to be release or expand in that moment in time. There are no expectations or judgements in this space. The meaning of the colours, shapes and textures unleashed are ‘truly’ known only to the creator.
As an Art Therapist, I hold a safe and inspiring space for the creator to witness what lies within outside of themselves in the art, sound or movement; to guide you on an explorative journey of discovery that is uniquely yours. I work with you to make the unknown known and make sense of your insights gained, stimulating new perspectives and transforming old patterns of behaviour and ways of being that no longer serve. From these new perspectives, we are energized and able to connect to a deeper understanding and acceptance of self and celebrate the richness that lies within with more clarity, confidence and self-love.
From this place our true colours are ignited helping us to discover our place in the world. Is it your time to do things differently?
Article for Holistic Bliss Magazine, July 2019: A Different Way To Re-Discover Your True Colours