Using Creative Methods
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
It is very easy to say.... ‘talk about how you feel', when, talking about intimate things can be one of the hardest things we can do. It takes a lot of trust to be truly open, and generally with family and friends it can unfortunately lead to experiencing judgemental comments, or advice that just does not suit, or what was wanted. Generally, people try their best, offering suggestions on what should be done, or even offering a good story of how they understand and have experienced similar. But it can lead to feelings of being misunderstood or not heard at all.
If it is hard to say, or even if you are not sure what to say, then we can look at maybe unlocking the words or feeling through creative methods. Now this is not favoured by everyone, but it can be used by everyone. I use creative, play and artist methods as standard when I work with children.
Some creative methods include the use of art, or writing (or both), using guided story telling or looking more closely at a topic using drawings. Other methods have included utilising the outdoors, or the community, depending on what you or your child would need, feel comfortable with, or what may help progression. Naturally, any outdoor sessions would be risk assessed and ensured it is safe and beneficial for you or your child.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” – Thomas Merton