I am frequently asked how and why I found my way to Art Therapy and who I most enjoy helping in my practice. I’ve always given the cliff’s notes version because, honestly, it felt difficult to share the whole story. As much as I wanted to paint the full picture I was still working through some tender spots, and so showing up to be seen has not always been easy. I have felt honored to lead other therapists in their own creative self-care, and yet I was still finding the voice to articulate some of the most imporatant pieces of my journey, including my own vicarious trauma as a result of traveling abroad to work with war-affected youth early in my career.
I’m happy to share I am finally sharing parts of my story where I previously needed raw color, texture, or images and eventual pen on paper to express these experiences. For this, I am grateful. So, when a colleague of mine, John Harrison invited me to share my experiences on his podcast, “The True Calling Project” the time felt right. Regardless of your background, interest, or lack thereof in art I think you’ll find this interview useful in it’s reminder that your creativity can be developed, practiced, and used in a variety of life areas. We also discuss burnout prevention, myths around artistic talent/ ‘creativity’, and the value of exploring your history and roots as a means of consciously caring for others.
“You are enough. Regardless of how overwhelming things might seem, whether you’re starting a new practice or you’re a new graduate in school or a parent with multiple kids, you are enough.”
In our conversation, I share both my passion and purpose in supporting other helping professionals to heal their own past wounds to prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma as well as my love for Eco-Art Therapy to encourage helpers and healers to slow down, prioritize, and identify their natural strengths, innate wisdom, and creativity. I invite you to listen in, learn more about Art Therapy + Ecopychology, and embrace your own journey as an unfolding creative process.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the interview! I’d love to hear how you identify with my journey and where you can relate. We each have our own path and sharing our stories lets in the light of connection because while the details differ, the themes are often shared. Interested in experiencing Eco-Art Therapy for yourself, check out this upcoming retreat for helpers or shoot me a message to schedule a quick chat!