Are You Feeling Like You’ve Lost Touch With Yourself?
When you were younger, did you love being creative? Maybe you’d spend hours drawing, or curled up with a book, or lovingly writing little stories, or getting stuck into craft projects with glue, scissors and colourful scraps of wool, felt or card.
Now, you wonder what is left of that creative little one, after years and years of helping other people with their needs.
Even though you have friends and family, somehow you feel lonely. Worried. Overwhelmed.
No-one knows about this empty feeling you have inside.
No-one knows quite how much you’re feeling lost, or that you’re wondering what the point of your life is.
You tell yourself you ought to be grateful, and that you should learn to be content with how things are.
You don’t know why, but you even have a feeling that if other people knew that you felt this way, you’d somehow be letting them down.
It feels as if no-one in your family or workplace would understand what it’s like being you: a thoughtful, soulful, sensitive woman who’s somehow lost her inner spark of meaning and creativity.
And to make matters worse, you feel you have no reason to be feeling this way.
You feel cross with yourself for not being able to simply enjoy life and be happy with how things are.
That’s when you decide to seek out therapy.
In the privacy of my art psychotherapy studio, week by week, I help you connect to your deepest creative self.
In therapy, you begin to make sense of your life. Together we figure out what’s been missing, and how you can feel whole again. You begin to get glimpses of the inner spark that you feared was lost.
Art psychotherapy helps you start to find ways to connect to your imagination and intuition in order to discover who you are at a deeper level.
And you begin to feel hopeful that you really can get in touch with yourself and find your unique individuality.
As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, I help this happen by:
- Listening to you on many different levels.
- Helping you get in touch with your feelings in a way that feels safe, understood, contained and not overwhelming.
- Helping you to piece together your life story, so that it becomes a coherent narrative that makes sense, and not just a jumbled mix of feelings, memories and worrying thoughts.
- Helping you compassionately integrate the aspects of you that you always felt were too difficult to accept or understand.
- Helping you to connect to your own creativity and discover that you too are a deeply creative person.
- Providing a confidential, non-judgemental, accepting relationship that has clear boundaries and enables you to feel safe and understood.
- Holding the space for you to gradually figure out what ‘being yourself’ actually means.
Therapy helps you connect with your own deep-down sense of meaning and self-acceptance.
But is it really worth the considerable investment in your time, energy and money? Wouldn’t it be better to keep going as you already are, and hope that things will change for the better on their own?
Let’s think about what might happen if you don’t dare to invest in connecting to yourself through psychotherapy.
Of course we don’t have a crystal ball.
But consider this: You might just keep on feeling lost and deep-down lonely for the rest of your life.
You might live your whole life with a shadow walking beside you – a shadow containing all the unlived possibilities of who you could be.
And you’d never know. You’d never know what pictures you might create or what stories you might write.
You’d never discover how to create the beautiful, unique dance of simply being your authentic and creative self.
You’d never learn how to love and accept yourself including (and even embracing) all your imperfections and difficult bits.
Who will you become if you work with me in psychotherapy?
You’ll become more yourself.
You’ll gradually become less scared of your feelings, and more able to feel them in a straightforward way that feels manageable.
Together, at a pace that feels right for you, we’ll make sense of the difficult things that have happened in your life, so that they no longer feel like such a worrying, confusing muddle of complicated thoughts and feelings.
You’ll learn that your creativity is yours, and you’ll experience how it can be meaningful to you.
You’ll learn how to support yourself better when life gets tough.
You’ll develop ways of reaching out to others so you can give and receive help without always feeling like you lose yourself.
Are you ready to discover how you can connect with your deepest creative self – so you can heal from painful experiences, make sense of your life, and feel whole again?
If you’re interested in discussing how Integrative Arts Psychotherapy sessions here in north Essex might help you, contact me today and book your free 15-minute phone consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is £65 per session.
What art forms do you use in sessions?
Talking and the imagination are at the heart of the work, most often. As appropriate, we may add in arts materials such as sand-tray, puppets, paints, clay, play-dough, collage, postcards, pens/pastels/crayons etc.
Do I have to be good at art?
No! This is not about being ‘good at art’. The arts are a powerful channel to help you access the wisdom and lived experience held in your whole brain (and body). Artistic skill does not make this process any more or less effective. In art psychotherapy, we do not judge someone’s artwork – we just enquire and get gently curious because we know it is a precious window into your deeper self.
Do you work online by video, email, live chat or phone?
Yes. You can read more about online therapy here.
* Restrictions operate regarding UK therapists working online with people residing in certain other countries, including the USA; if you live abroad and need more information about this, please ask.