This is a big question. In psychodynamic therapy, a client and a therapist sit together, and have a conversation. They talk about whatever is on the mind of the client, and sometimes, what is on the mind of the therapist if that can be helpful to the client. The client talks about his or her concerns, worries and issues. With the attention and concern of both the therapist and the client, talking about the issues helps to clarify, ameliorate, and transform them into a life affirming resource. This conversation takes place an hour at a time, weekly or biweekly or whatever is helpful, so there is continuity, a rhythm of reflection, insight, understanding and working through.
Another aspect of psychotherapy today is the inclusion of the body; sensation, emotion, memory, in the talking through, incorporating what we are now discovering about neuroplasticity. Working collaboratively and mindfully, the therapist and client create tools and resources that are particular to that person, and that can be internalised, carried away from the therapy office and used in all areas of life, work, art, relationships. And because the therapy itself is a relationship, the communication skills developed in the safety of the therapy room can be taken into the outer world of friends and family, partners and co-workers.
Explore Artistic Identity in Writing
September 27, 2017
The role of writing in promoting wellbeing is an emerging field in personal and professional development. In this workshop, we will use writing exercises as an avenue to promote reflection, self-expression and insight into our professional identities as artists. Writing is a creative and versatile ...
September 21, 2017
Offered by The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre The next round of the OHIP-covered Mind/Body/Spirit Practicum begins Thursday 21 September! There are nine spots available. Intake meetings take place 31 August and 7 September. This innovative 7 session psychotherapeutic programme ...
Registration: Artists' Toolbox
June 30, 2018
Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for, including the number of spaces you want to reserve (under “quantity”). If you have any problems registering online, you can do so over the phone by calling 416-351-0239. Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing ...