Counseling For Creatives
Are you a creative person but feel stuck, that you are blocked? Do you struggle with finding time to be creative, feel like you procrastinate too much and have difficulty making a plan? Do you feel guilty that days/weeks/months/years pass by and you are still not working on your writing, your art, your music, your passion project?
If so, I, Joan Hause, can help. I am a "creative" myself--a writer, blogger, baker, gardener--and know what it feels like to want to spend more time on artistic or inventive passions. Finding a way to mix your creative pursuits into your life can help you feel more balanced, healthy and satisfied.
I know what you're saying..."But I am too busy with my job, working forty or fifty or more hours a week drains me of energy. I have no time to be creative!"
I understand and sympathize. I think it is harder to have inspiration when our 9-5 job saps a lot of our energy. Some creatives I know have figured out a way to escape from the full-time job through a mix of part-time, consulting, small business and other ventures. But for some of us, that is just not possible. What then?
There is still time to be creative. A writer friend of mine has decided she is going to stop watching television this winter to see how much time/energy/space that frees up for her. I salute her approach.
I know what you're thinking, "But I don't want to give up TV in order to spend more time on my art, my music, my writing." I get it. One solution may not work for everyone. I try to help each client I work with to come up with an individual plan with goals and strategies that work for them.
Through counseling sessions, I work with people to try to find their work/creative life balance. I can help with brainstorming ideas, goal setting, project planning, execution, follow through, overcoming doubts and procrastination. And maybe most importantly, I can help with support! I will be your personal coach and cheerleader to help you follow through with your creative dreams.
With writers and artists, I can also offer the use of writing and art exercises in session to help fuel the creative mind. In session creative activities may include the use of poetry, images, colors, drawing, guided meditation, writing, collage, painting. Each person's sessions are individually designed to meet their specific needs.
Creative people can also suffer with anxiety or depression. For those clients who are interested, I also use writing and art in sessions as a method for healing, growth, insight. Writing has been shown in many studies to help with depression and anxiety symptoms. Similarly, art also can alleviate pain and help with insight and healing.
Schedule your first appointment and let me know how I can help you incorporate more creativity into your life.
"Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people."
Helpful Links For Couples Counseling
- The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy - A professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy.
- AFTA - Offers a unique Annual Conference that addresses personal and professional growth through peer discussion and current research.
- The Family Dynamics - Institute started in 1994 and helps couples grow happier and ensure their children remain happy and stay productive in their development.