Exploring Who I Am
Welcome to my world of Creative Therapy & Expressive Arts blended together to create my unique Approach to Personal Development and Self Care.
My Approach isn't about producing 'beautiful' or 'pretty art', it's about creating Art that speaks to you like a mirror. It shows us who we are, what we need.
I will teach you how to Listen to yourself in a particular way, and importantly, how to respond to your self. I teach you a Way of Being which is life changing whilst creating Art.
Your Community of Selves
Did you know we each have many different Parts of Self. We are a Community of Selves. Every one of us is made up of many Parts.
You may have heard yourself saying something like; “Well, one Part of me wants to go to the party, but another part just wants to lie on the sofa in my PJ‘s and watch tv.“
Maybe one Part of you wants to get up early and go for a brisk walk before getting ready for work and another Part just wants to stay snuggled up in bed cosy till you Have to get up! There may be another Part in there, a bit feisty, giving you what for for being 'lazy' or 'un-fit' perhaps?
This is very usual for Human Beings to experience different Parts of Self in conflict with other Parts. It’s like having an Inner Battle. It can cause stress, anxiety and makes it very hard to make a decision when we have so many differing Parts with their own Needs and Wants!
Take that 'party' scenario up above for example. Your Inner Critic could become involved popping up, strongly suggesting, “You really OUGHT to go to that party. What will everyone think of you if you don’t go!“. Our Inner Critic has a tendency to be rather harsh or bossy mostly.
As you can see, making a decision about going to a party can become quite a multi-layered and complex discussion within. You may like to get really interested and curious about the processes set up within you.
Many of us keep our inner battles and inner discussions secret because we are concerned that those around us will think we are 'crazy' or 'mad'. Once we all start talking with each other about the fact that we do have many Parts of Self within, all with differing opinions and desires, and discover this is usual, it helps to reduce our Stress and Anxiety and accept ourselves more fully.
I thought this could be an interesting journey within using art materials, colour and texture to explore within the different Parts of our Self.
Working on wallpaper lining initially, which is a very cheap and bountiful supply of sturdy paper, I began to create concentric circles of colour within a square or oblong shape, loosely based upon Wassily Kandínsky’s Art.
Working intuitively and using oil pastels, you will learn how to work intuitively to select colours and begin creating different Parts of your Self.
And! As you work through my videos, you will see things take an interesting turn and something else happens! I found this very exciting and growthful experience - I feel sure you will too.
Materials: Please don't be limited by my List below!
Wallpaper Lining - tear or cut off a piece that 'feels just right' for you
Oil / metallic or neon oil pastels
Sharpies, Gel Pens, Wax Crayons, Caran D'Ache Neo II Crayons
Sheet of 140lb watercolour paper, hardboard or canvas board
PVA Glue & glue brush
Patterned craft paper, wrapping paper, old greetings cards (optional)
Glitter or Phil Martin’s Shimmer Paste
Are you ready to dive in to colour, shimmer, glitter and texture?
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I'm a Psychotherapist inviting Spontaneous Self Expression through mixed media art, intuitive collage, creative writing and therapeutic, experiential groups.
I model my Abundance of Empathy, Love & Acceptance which positively impacts everyone I interact with. People feel held and cared about, prized, honoured and respected by me.
I LOVE how Creativity makes space for our Inner Child to be Seen & Heard,
raising Confidence & Self Esteem as we Share Our Stories through Art
I Believe my never-ending Fountain of Creativity is my Gift to You and the World
No matter how wobbly you feel, You CAN make Art too
and I can Teach you How in my Loving, Relaxed Style of Teaching
You can develop Self Acceptance, Inner Calm, ease Anxiety, Stress & activate your Innate Capacity to Self Heal
In 2008 I created What Kind of Tree Am I? an Inspirational Tree Painting process which was a catalyst for all of my other online Art courses which I am So Proud of!
I Teach How your Fingers, Intuition & Innate Body Wisdom has the capacity to Heal at a deep, Unconscious level Without The Need for Words
and How you can Relate with yourself, to transform Self Criticism, Doubt & Fear into Self Acceptance & Inner Calm
My Values: Empathy, Accompaniment, Self Acceptance, Self Witnessing
I Encourage: Body Wisdom, Unconscious Process, development of Self Awareness & Relationship with Oneself to become our most Truest Self
Informed By: Carl Rogers, Client Centred Psychotherapy, Carl Jung, Relational Transactional Analysis, Somatic Experiencing & Psychodrama
I Celebrate everyone as Unique and Individual on their own Journey
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