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  • Writer's pictureMellissa Hamley

My Creative Therapy Card

Creative therapy is something that I am passionate about. There are many different ways that you can utilise creativity in the therapy room and I wanted to talk to you about one I had during training, to give you an idea of what we could do together if you chose to work with me.

Creative therapy is a way to help clients tap into emotions and feelings when they are finding it a struggle, or when they find it difficult to identify what it is they are feeling. It can also be a way of communicating what you are feeling with your therapist without needing to say the exact words.

When I attended a creative training session, I was still in the middle of my counselling training journey. A part of this creative day was looking at using images. We were given a pack of cards and asked to choose one that meant something to us, or called to us in some way. The image above is the card I chose. It resonated with me because during my training I was also in the middle of being made redundant at work, so my path was uncertain. The trees in that image depicted how I was feeling, that everything was closing in on me and I couldn’t see the way out. However the image of the winged horse was my guiding light. It would help me find my path. I also felt that when I found my path, it would be magical of sorts. It helped me to remember that what I was working hard to achieve, would be worth it in the end. It was a positive in the dark. I had been focusing so much of what was going on around me that I forgotten what I aiming for, and how much I was enjoying what I was doing. It gave me focus.

Someone else looking at this image might make different connections completely.

What does this image mean to you? Is this something you would like to explore for yourself?

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