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 ...
Narrative Competency Psychotherapy
August 23, 2017
Please note: Space is limited. To register, you will need to book an assessment. More details are on the bottom of the page. The Narrative Group is a creative opportunity for artists who share an interest in writing and the discussion of writing. Learning how to write your own stories and sharing ...
Registration: Artists' Toolbox
June 30, 2018
Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for. Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing for Artists: Exploring Identity Through Writing Facilitated by Karen Gold, MSW, PhD | Wednesday Sept 27 2017 | Canadian Music Centre (Yonge and ...