Creativity During Psychotherapy

Understand more about imaginativeness in therapy…or its relation to mental health treatment and knowing how important it is to the brain’s development.

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…or its relation to mental health treatment and knowing how important it is to the brain’s development.

Creativity

More or less, each person has a left and right side of their brain. Left brain, meaning, inclined to numeracy and logical functions.  The right side of the brain, on the other hand, is used to cater to creative capability, imagination, and the sphere for artistry.

Creative Instincts In Psychotherapy

Not all people are artistically wired the same way. As Stacy Donn Cristo, LMHC emphasizes, “Many people turn to psychodynamic therapy because they feel as though they are not functioning.” Some individuals are more functional using their right brainand there are others who are using their left brain more for artistic purposes.

In this new treatment, verbal communication is often used as the primary tool to engage the patient. However, not all people can respond to oral communication in the same manner.

As such, are you aware that for therapy, art can be increasingly utilized?

Into Creative Psychotherapy

Can psychotherapy and creativity actually jive together?

 

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Importance Of Using Creative Approaches

Through artistic pursuits, people can reveal their innermost feelings without even talking. It can serve as an outlet for many kinds of patients in art therapy. Furthermore, this form of therapy can be used and is a great help when the patient has gone through traumatic experiences.

Moreover, using art approaches to therapy may also be used in engaging children. Most children enjoy drawing out what they have imaginatively done. In the same manner, children tend to express repressed emotions through drawings or other artistic outlets like poems and stories. Most of the time, there is no fine line between reality and true imagination for children. As such, they are most likely to respond in therapy.

“The art *process* itself is where the magic happens! It is not about making “good” art — this art is from the inside and it is not always going to look “pretty.” –Elena Lamaak, MA, LMHC

For adults, there are also existing kinds of therapy that integrate the greater use of the patient’s artistic imagination to foster increased mental awareness. For example, there are activities in art therapy where the patients are required to translate their negative emotions into artistic drawings, so that they may be aware of them and prevent themselves from going more in-depth into those emotions in the future.

 

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The importance of this kind of creative psychotherapy is that the patients will be able to illustrate feelings they are having trouble expressing. During this moment the person can freely say anything, no matter how trivial, for him to go through the depths of his creative imagination and cognition.

Using the principle stated above, because there are differences in how people are creatively wired, some individuals may greatly benefit from using the creative approach and may even respond positively.

Creativeness In Exploring The Mind

At first, the psychotherapist and the patient may go through a rough start since sharing one’s creative nature is indeed uncomfortable, but once they freely explore them and let their minds wander, then will that individual be able to free himself from the shackles of a deep emotional slump. The psychotherapist may incorporate art into every session.

“There are various uses for art therapy with regards to healing, but the benefits may surprise you if you’ve never heard of art as a form of therapy.”  Douglas Mitchell, LMFT said. This kind of art therapy might expose emotions that are previously unknown to the patient.

Thus, the psychotherapist’s job in this kind of art therapy approach is not to be taken lightly because the therapist will be the one to handle and process these raw emotions professionally.

Creative Psychotherapy

In this time and age, different kinds of psychotherapy are already available for patients.

While this type of psychodynamic therapy may further enhance the experience of patients in psychodynamic therapy, it is important to note that the higher burden of healing lies with the support of friends and family.