You’re probably wondering what, exactly, you might be doing in any of the workshops or coaching sessions described here. And, although it sounds silly, in most cases, it depends. I say that because no one tool or process or approach works for everyone. I’ve learned, over the years, to make sure I am listening, and changing my approach in order to meet each person where she is at that one moment.
Even so, there are several processes that have become valuable tools and starting points — here are brief descriptions, and links to places where you can find out more. There are more detailed references and information about other tools that guide my approach on the Inspiration page.
Creative Depth Coaching: The practice of creative depth coaching focuses on you, as you come to the work, whether in a group, or in 1:1 sessions. The use of expressive arts of all kinds (paints, collage, writing, drawing, music) gives each of us a way to move toward our own truth, reclaim our own true stories, and create the life we are seeking. As I’ve sought ways to integrate years of study in many disciplines and much professional experience, the processes of Creative Depth Coaching have provided a rich and useful way to hold the skills and knowledge that’s accumulated with experience.
SoulCollage®: This is a wonderful, gentle process that meets you exactly where you are. It makes use of simple activities that most of us did as children: cutting out images and gluing them down. This, of course, makes it easier to get out of our own adult, somewhat frantic heads, and listen to our souls. After experimenting with the process for several years in my own journey, I became a SoulCollage® facilitator in mid-2016. You can find out more at SoulCollage.com.
JourneyCircles®: I came across JourneyCircles® as I searched for processes and tools that did not sit so much inside the traditional academic world, but still were based on the rigor and discipline of deep study and experience. The JourneyCircles® process is rich in storytelling discovery and layering. It is specifically designed to adapt and shift as you explore the process in your own way, but that elasticity is by design, not by happenstance. In other words, it can hold all of the complicated characters and events that we bring to it. This process is also used extensively by art therapists, artists, and others, who are looking for ways to know their own stories better, or create new stories. You can find more about JourneyCircles® here: http://journeycirclesprocess.com
Personal Geographies: Creating a view of your personal geography in maps and/or mixed media work has been a core practice for many artists and art therapists over the past decade or so. It is an enormously valuable tool in uncovering, recovering, and documenting the stories that have guided your life. A baseline resource for me has been Jill K. Berry’s book: Personal Geographies:Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, Nov 30, 2011. (linked here to Amazon because it’s a wonderful book. I have no relationship with the author or Amazon).