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Taylor Sophia Skaar, Licensed Professional Counselor - Creative Psychotherapies of Austin TX
Our own creativity can be a powerful tool in our therapeutic journey. Psychotherapy is, in part, the opening of the unconscious mind to examine attitudes, memories, ideas and connections which we had not been aware of, but which can strongly influence our thinking, emotions and behavior.

What is Creativity-Based Therapy?

Classic talking therapy is one way of opening the unconscious, but we, as humans, are well-guarded against letting "too much" be revealed in what we say. This can make talk therapy by itself a slow, difficult process.

Creative activities, such as certain types of writing,  visual art, the use of symbolic models in sand tray therapy, and (for children) imaginative play, can often access those unconscious elements more directly and effectively than speech, and can bypass the blocks which we have maintained so well. They can make for quicker, more effective improvement whether by themselves, or combined with talk therapy.


Creative therapy is also more fun (for both the client and therapist) and that means the client feels less resistance to the process.

Imaginative work by both the client and the therapist reinforces the process of change because therapy itself is a creative activity. Effective psychotherapy is a shared, interactive effort that follows the classic stages of the creative process:

Name the Problem

The client tells the therapist of an issue, problem, or concern. They may work together to further refine and focus the problem.

Unstructured Exploration ("Messing About")
Together, the client and therapist brainstorm and explore solutions in an unrestricted, unstructured way.  Each one brings important ideas to the problem-solving process.

The "Aha!" Moment
Client and therapist watch for moments when the client reports relief from the stress of the problem or concern. The client may say, “Aha! Now I know what I can do!” or “Now I feel strong enough.”

The 'I'm Not Creative' Myth
Some people will object to creative-based therapy by saying, "But I'm not creative. I have no artistic skills." It's a myth that you must be a skilled artist to be creative. Everyone has the creative urge and exercises creativity in solving the problems of work and everyday life. Don't worry about training - unskilled creative efforts are generally more effective for self-exploration and therapy, than a polished professional-looking product. No-one will be judging your work - it's entirely for your own self-expression and self-exploration.

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