Express Your Originality
Understanding our originality often feels like an inkling in the midst of emotional heaviness, like something that feels meaningful deep down inside, but we cannot seem to fully get in touch with it.
Trying to express our unique path amidst family, educational, religious and societal expectations for conformity is truly a heroine's/hero's journey.
Our true self is most often buried underneath layers of heavy and untrue family and societal conditioning. Often it takes some deeply intuitive inner work to find out who we really are, and a period of accurate outside reflection of our unique truth in order to learn how to become aligned with our authentic life process once again.
If you are having challenges overcoming past emotional patterning, understanding who you are in your originality, or are presently feeling emotionally debilitated in your life, I offer self-directed e-courses and one-to-one emotional support to help you move into a fresh and spontaneous new life that is both practically applicable to your own originality, and creatively inspired.
I started out by creating art studio programs for adults with acquired brain injuries, and for 9 years I worked in Canada's largest therapeutic art studio for adults at the end of life with dementia and/or physical and mental challenges. While I am designated as a counselling therapist, I have logged over 11,000 direct client art therapy hours in the studio, and I feel blessed to have worked with hundreds of clients over the years from all walks of life in this creative capacity.
I live and love in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada with my partner and muse Andrea, a brilliant psychological thinker and a conduit of higher inspiration in my life. She has helped me have many emotional and psychological breakthroughs and has supported my practical understandings of the human psyche and soul. Our 21 year old daughter Hadley has launched off into her own sweet life.
Many people ask me about what types of formal education they should pursue in order to be allowed to facilitate art for other people. I am deeply supportive of art and expressive arts training, and a spiritual and experiential level, we are all welcome to express and share ourselves through our creativity. "Art is ubiquitous," art therapist Cathy Malchiodi points out. Art is everywhere. Art is for all of us.
Art is a universal way to express our unique personhood. My experience is more practical and intuitive than academic. At the beginning of my career, I initially explored my passions for facilitating art through volunteering, and by starting my own expressive art programs in healthcare, in the justice system and in my community without a therapy designation.
Based on my own experiences of finding my way intuitively, I always say to people who want to give to others through their life-earned wisdom and creative nature, "Your originality will lead you to the right books, trainings and experiences that you need in order to express your gifts fully."
My greatest challenge in life has been to accept, express and birth my depths as a feminine healer. I have always sensed that in order to birth something original from within myself, I did not want to be overly influenced by standardized curriculums until I felt more solid in my authentic feminine approach to healing through art.
For this reason I recommend that people learn how to facilitate art by living through the process of making art themselves. See 100 Days of Art Journal Therapy.
While I feel great respect for the therapeutic standards of care elucidated in formal education, I also see that what we love is our particular and personal form of genius. Structured education can only contribute to our genius when it supports us to originate our own path.
I experience creativity as a living process, and have learned the most by witnessing people transform through their unique creative processes. I have also been most deeply informed by my lived experiences of emotional healing through psychology, spirituality and my own art-making process.
While working full-time, facilitating art in healthcare, I eventually went to school on evenings and weekends to explore my post grad interest in transpersonal counselling psychology. I am now designated as a Registered Counsellor/Counselling Supervisor, MTC, RCS, but I still consider my intuition to be my greatest teacher.
Therapy sessions can involve working with a range of modalities which involve deeply looking at your life experience in order to re-cover your emerging originality.
MTC and RCS - Registered Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor