Have you ever wondered how much your therapist really loves their job? Those who have attended therapy before have perhaps wondered at least once or twice “Does my therapist hate me? What do they really think of me and their job? Does the emotionality get exhausting?” We have asked our therapists at Integrative Counsel “What excites you most about counseling?” and they have provided us with some insightful answers!
Therapists love helping people discover their creative potential
One of our clinicians, Laura, has said that her favorite part about being an art therapist is “The opportunity to see people rediscover and engage with their own creative potential.” There are so many instances for our therapists to see people grow over time, and know that it is their kindness and expertise that helps them get to that place. The most rewarding part of being a counselor is seeing people realize how much they are really worth, and live up to their true potential. Many people forget how much potential they have as they start to get down on themselves for their mental illness. The best part about being a therapist is showing people that they do have potential, their life is worth living, and then showing them how to make their life worth living, giving them the tools and action steps they need to move forward into a better, happier version of themselves.
Connecting through empathy
Laura also says that she loves her job because she loves “always being surprised and delighted by the interesting, meaningful and completely unique art that clients create and connecting through empathy and the therapeutic alliance.” She also loves “observing the transformational shifts towards positive self-regard, by way of self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and the creation of their own hero’s myth.” The hero’s myth is her speciality, and it is representative of the journey inward. Universal across human culture, and from earliest time to now, is the presence of myth, legend, and the hero figure. These tales of high adventure, battling of forces, and ultimate, transcendent victory mirror in a precise way the courageous process of creative psychotherapy. The journey inward is one to seek, find, win and return with not only new awareness and skill but a profound sense of the meaning of one’s story and one’s own personal mythology.
Sharing in a client’s “A-ha” moments
Our other clinician, Vivi, has said that one of her favorite parts about being an art therapist is “Sharing in a client’s “A-ha” moments.” This is special because she is able to be the guide in that moment, holding the lamp for the client as they explore different parts of themselves. It is a gift to watch someone else make steps in their journey and discover the root of their hurt and to be that person there, sharing it with them and helping them make an actionable plan to heal themselves.
Offering a new perspective
Vivi also says that she loves “offering a new perspective and being received and utilized for positive change as I watch the art-making process. Witnessing the response to it by the client is incredible.” It is a wonderful feeling to be that person that helps someone create positive change in their life. An important part of therapy is showing people that the stories that they tell themselves are not always accurate. Giving someone an outside perspective helps them make big, important shifts in their lives. Our minds can have a grip on negative beliefs and stories and sometimes an outside perspective to see reason and ultimately access the wise mind.
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Alli Cravener is a social media coordinator and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University and has found her niche uniting concept and content in the realm of mental health and the expressive arts. Alli’s interests include painting, history, learning about other people, and wearing the color pink. She likens herself to a “mouse in a palm tree”, and she loves it that way.