Creative Practices to Express and Heal Emotional Pain


For many years my website has served as a portal to explore spontaneous creative practices, especially as they support the expression and healing of emotional pain.


Throughout my website and blog, I extensively share how I have personally, professionally and experientially explored various expressive practices as a way to express and more deeply understand thoughts and emotions that block the flow of joyful living.


Breaking Up Stagnancy with Creative Expression


Because emotional pain is stored in our bodies it is helpful to start a creative practice to open up the stagnancy that stubbornly stuck cognitive, emotional and behavioural patterns create.


I offer reasonably priced online coursework and workshops that offer experiential "doors into" expressive/spontaneous/intuitive practices. I feel blessed to receive letters from people all over the world who share that they have been inspired to start, and maintain, a regular creative practice that supports them to emotionally feel better. Below are some of the expressive arts modalities that I have explored, written courses about, and personally researched. 


This is not a comprehensive list by any means. For more information, I invite you to explore the history of Expressive Arts Therapy HERE.


Invitations to Express Yourself:


1. Spontaneous Collage is an easy way to begin expressing yourself with no need for drawing or painting skills. Choosing images that emotionally "call to you" (you do not need to know why) and placing them together in a random fashion can yield profound insights from your subconscious/unconscious mind. Read about the benefits of spontaneous collage HERE.


Collage Coursework:

a. Collage for Self-Discovery

b. Heal Your Heart with Intuitive Collage

c. Healing Through Art (along with drawing, painting and journaling)

d. 100 Days of Art Journal Therapy (along with drawing, painting, poetry, and storytelling)



2. Intuitive Painting can support you to listen to the subtle signals within that point towards what feels healing for you. Intuitive painting is a form of spontaneous play with paint. Read more about the benefits of spontaneous painting HERE.


Painting Coursework:

a. Healing Through Art (along with journaling and collage)

b. 100 Days of Art Journal Therapy (along with poetry, and storytelling)

c. Intuitive Mandala Meditations 

d. Imaginative Journeys 



3. Expressive Journal Writing. Starting a daily journal writing practice not only invites fluidity into your personal written expression, but also you will likely find yourself speaking more honestly as well. Writing everyday will help you express yourself in a freer, more authentic way. Read more about the benefits of expressive journal writing HERE.


Journaling Coursework:

a. Narrative Therapy

b. 30 Days of Inspired Creativity

c. 30 Days of Authentic Self-Expression

d. 30 Days of Passion and Purpose



4. Spontaneous Drawing. Spontaneous drawing can invite information from your unconscious mind that needs to be loved and integrated. It can also provide a cathartic release of emotions (though scribbling, mark-making etc.) Read more about the benefits of spontaneous drawing HERE.


Drawing Coursework:

a. Healing Through Art (along with journaling and collage)

b. 100 Days of Art Journal Therapy (along with poetry, and storytelling)

c. Intuitive Mandala Meditations 

d. Imaginative Journeys 



5. Meditative Creativity. Our creative expression can deepen our connection to what we understand as our spiritual Source. Creativity as a spiritual practice matures our consciousness into spontaneity, honesty, depth of feeling and emotional clarity. Read more about the benefits of meditative creativity HERE.


Meditational/Creative Coursework:

a. Intuitive Mandala Meditations

b. Emotional Healing with ACIM



6. Poetry Therapy can support you to express your authentic truth through poetry writing. Poems offer a way to give emotional voice to what would otherwise feel difficult to express in rational sentences.


Poetry Coursework:

a. Creative Intuition



7. Storytelling can support you to step back from your emotional struggles and see them in the context of a larger story. The externalization or objectification of your problems in story form can incite ideas for positive change. Read more about the benefits of storytelling HERE.


Storytelling Coursework:

a. Narrative Therapy



7. Depth Journaling is writing from the deep silence within. It is a practice of listening deeper than our everyday consciousness for inspiration and intuitions about how to recognize and heal deep pockets of emotional pain. Read more about the benefits of depth journaling HERE.


Depth Journaling Coursework:

a. Dive Deep Art Journaling Course



8. Authentic Movement involves dancing your body from your intuitive knowing. Your body has a language of movement that when expressed freely can unlock stored emotional pain. Read more about the benefits of authentic movement HERE.



9. Photo Therapy can reflect personal meaning in ways that words alone cannot express. Photographs hold stories about what we choose to see. Sensing into your reasons for taking a photo can tell you something about your inner emotional world.  Read more about the benefits of photo therapy HERE.


Photo Therapy Coursework:

a. Photo Therapy

Free PDF Download - Expressive Arts Benefits



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