Art where it fits the purpose and deepens the experience.
Where words are lacking, art speaks
Through the process of making art you get to experience yourself in a different way. It is also one of the best ways of bypassing the logical mind, which very often sensors itself as a protection mechanism.
With creativity as a source, art allows for what is lived and experienced on the inside to be made visible on the outside. The qualities of the colours, movements, forms and composition all have a story to tell. When you look at what you expressed, is has something to tell you. The creative process itself, how you experienced it, also supplies an interesting perspective for reflection.
Art is also a powerful tool where specific techniques can help address specific needs and activates an inner dynamics towards a healthy balance. Here it works as art therapy.
Through art expression you can also create your personal symbols that strengthen your feeling of self-empowerment. As such, I work with
art forms where is fits the purpose, deepens the experience and broadens the area of self-reflection.
As a joy to myself and others I offer a few creative workshops and short courses which are geared towards tapping your creative source. In for something else and ready to relax and enjoy yourself? Have a look at the agenda for various possibilities.
Definition of Art Therapy according to The American Art Therapy Association:
Art Therapy is a Mental Health Profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
In addition increased research ( trimbos-institute, Bohlmeijer, 2007) suggest that creative activities works wonderfully on reminiscence for the elderly resulting in significantly lesser complaints of depression.
While neuroscientist Erik Scherder says: “Art is at the top of a rich environment; both new and provocative. Every stroke of paint is different than the previous one. Creativity produces new contact points within the neural system; new connections are formed between different sections of the brain.