Creative Arts Psychotherapy
Wellness support using creative arts as method
As a Clinical Supervisor I work with the seven-eyed model of supervision (by Peter Hawkins and Robin Shoet).
The seven-eyed model is:
Mode 1: focusing on the client and what and how they present
Mode 2: Exploring the strategies and interventions used by the supervisee
Mode 3: Focusing on the relationship between the client and the supervisee
Mode 4: Focusing o the supervisee
Mode 5: Focusing on the supervisory relationship
Mode 6: The supervisor focusing on their own process
Mode 7: Focusing on the wider context in which the work happens:
Focusing on the context of the client
Focusing on supervisee's interventions in the context of their profession and organisation
Focusing on the context of the supervisee-client relationship
Focusing on the wider world of the supervisee
Focusing on the context of the supervisor relationship
Focusing on the context of the supervisor
I have a special interest in working with 'difference', inequality and trans-cultural issues.
I work with matters of identity as well as questions around visible and non-visible difference; using identity methods (Ulrike Meyer Cologne University of Applied Sciences) of exploring our own view of the world, and what we bring to our work, as therapists and supervisors.
Out of our heads
I offer the opportunity of using Laban Movement in my Supervision as well as other creative interventions such as role play, drawing, painting and projection work with figurines and puppets. I have 17 years' experience working with playback theatre as a dramatherapy intervention. I am quite happy to use words in supervision too - talking is good. Getting up and out of our usual sitting down position, 'out of our heads' and leaving our usual thinking patterns, can be a great relief - and certainly offers a different way of experiencing life. Our existence is very much lived within constraints and limitations. We exist in rooms, in cars and on trains and busses. We operate in limited spaces, when at college or work, as well as at activities after work, enjoying recreational time. Cafes and restaurants offer limited space as well as when out shopping - even walking down the street. These limitations very clearly have an effect on the way we behave, move around in our environment, experience life and see the world. We are expected to move and behave in a specific way, a way which is accepted by the society we live in. Would we be free to move in any way we wanted, led by our bodies’ desires, in the heavily populated areas, where most of us live our lives? We clearly wouldn't. Just walking down the road using the pavement requires that we walk in straight lines; as well as when crossing the road, which also happens in a linear fashion - in accordance to expectations. Pedestrians simply do not have much space in larger cities, where most of the room available is reserved for people driving their car. Laban Movement Technique and the opportunity of freedom Exploring our own movements and taking a break from our usual rigid movement patterns, offers a great sense of release to the individual and has substantial benefits psychologically. It is a great realise physically and emotionally to be offered a safe space where one can let go of all the restraints mentioned above and move freely experimenting with Space, Time, Flow and Weight.
I am very interested in the Existential Approach which seeks to explore, describe and clarify in order to understand the human predicament. We are born into a state of 'angst' due to the basic 'givens' common to all. We choose how to manage this anxiety as we face our basic isolation, the certainty of death, the right to freedom and its relation to responsibility, the polarity of meaninglessness and meaningfulness. We cannot escape meeting these 'Givens.' We choose whether we melt into the norms of society or explore our individual response and personal journey. I am very supportive as a supervisor and would not shy away from gently challenging you in your work with your client; and in this way offer a strong catalytic approach where you will have the opportunity to arrive at your own useful conclusions. Your development as a therapist is at the heart of my work. I offer one to one supervision as well as group supervision.