Emotional pain indicates that something within needs to be seen, heard and loved in a new way. If you are feeling numb, repressed or overwhelmed with emotional pain, you might be struggling with conflicts the primary part of yourself who wants to be accepted by others, and other aspects that are unexpressed.
If you are struggling with emotional repression or over-activated emotional pain you will be supported to start a simple, spontaneous creative practice outside of session time to get your emotional circulation moving again.
Healing Your Shadow
Creative therapy offers a process of listening to the aspects of yourself that you do not get the chance to express in your daily life. Session work takes into account everything that is happening in your current life, art, dreams, relationships, as well as your darker thoughts, emotional struggles, and repeating negative life patterns to uncover what is troubling or mystifying you about your life right now.
Living an Inspired Life
Most of our psychological, emotional problems arise when we repress our inner truths and distract ourselves away how from how we long to express ourselves. Growing forward often involves the challenge of developing new strengths that may greatly differ from what we have been conditioned to believe about ourselves.
Each one of us has a psychological structure that is both afraid of a higher vision for our lives, and longs for it at the same time. The unique truths that we need to express are encoded within our current life struggles. As we learn how to heal limited structures that feed our emotional pain, we learn to live beyond what we may have considered possible.
Creative Practices to Release Emotional Pain
Introducing a small daily "creative honesty" practice into your life is a great way to invite forth the inner imagery and words to express repressed and rejected parts of self that are longing for expression, acceptance and integration.
You do not need to be an artist in order to maintain a daily self-expression practice.
We heal when we learn how to love all parts of ourselves. I see as two human beings co-creating and relating for your emotional being. Every part of you is welcome to express itself in our sessions in an atmosphere of respect, acceptance and love.
Creating Art in Your Online Sessions
If you prefer to create art in your Skype sessions, and want to tap into your intuitive mind through art dialogue, I invite you to bring your art materials to your session, and we can explore a "visual conversation" together.
Typically, I ask that you bring a few magazines, scissors, a glue stick, some watercolor paints, oil pastels, markers and pens, as well as journal to create within. Together, we will do some short intuitive art and writing exercises to tap into both your unconscious and visionary mind.
It is difficult to grow and see ourselves alone. Sessions will focus on the parts of your inner world that feel unseen, socially neglected and at times unrecognizable to your everyday mind.
I offer compassionate one-to-one therapy by phone and Skype to support you to get in touch with the hidden and neglected parts of yourself that need to be seen, loved and integrated into present time, so that you can rediscover inner peace and love.
Note: If you are seeking professional career guidance, please see Creative Mentorship.
$100 CAD - Thank-you for paying for your one hour session one day prior to your Therapy Phone/Skype session.
I look forward to talking to your tomorrow.
"During one of our first sessions, I remember telling you that I was just feeling lost - not like myself at all - that I had lost my sparkle. The uncertainty of all of the changes that I have been going through had really rocked my perception of myself and the world around me.
I am happy to say that I feel like I do have my sparkle back and I am much more comfortable in this incredible world of uncertainty. I realize that I am a work in progress and I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to share a little of this work with you. You have been such a blessing in my life. Thank you."
"I was very troubled and not feeling well. I feel it is very important for me to look back and revisit my notes from our visits in order to better understand what the combination of factors were for my unhappiness so I can best avoid repeating the state I was in.
I've also learned that I shine when I am creatively engaged. It's my best medicine and should always be my medication of choice going forward. The connection to healing and expressing through art has truly been a lifesaver for me and gives me the peace of knowing that I have the tools, ability, and support to be my best and intended creative self. Thus, a life fully lived! Thank you!"
"This has been an amazing process. I have felt, seen, heard, known on a much deeper level. I worked with Shelley for years because of all of the benefits that I felt I was getting from this relationship. I felt like Shelley really helped me to understand myself in ways that I had not discovered yet. I discovered my own internal depth, beauty and spiritual truth. I felt that she saw my unique being on a soul level and helped me to cultivate, dig deeper and navigate through some changes and challenges. She helped me with a transformation process which is beyond words. Life changing!"
"Just as a burning fire inherently exudes heat, the unconscious inherently generates symbols. It is simply the nature of the unconscious to do so.
As we learn to read those symbols we gain the ability to perceive the workings of the unconscious within us.
This ability to produce symbols affects more than just our dreams: All of human life is nourished by the flow of symbolic imagery from the wellsprings of our unconscious."
- Robert A. Johnson