I enjoy creating sculptures and art and have found that when I am engaged in making something, This is when I am most calm, contented and present in the here and now, actually experiencing mindfulness.
I found that when I incorporated this within therapy it can take on a whole new dimension, especially for people who find eye contact difficult and a little intimidating.
Therefore at the beginning of therapy you can choose if you wish to make something. This could be
- Painting a canvas with watercolour or acrylic paint
- Sketching with pencils
- Calligraphy writing
- Colouring in, with an adult colouring book
- Making jewellery
- Using Polymer clay, like Fimo or Sculpy to make figurines
- Using clay to make coil pots, figures, sculptures, or have a go at throwing a pot on the pottery wheel, these can also be fired and glazed
- Learn to Knit or crochet
- Up-Cycle something you have already got at home, like an old piece of furniture that you want to give a new lease of life too
- Painting furniture using Annie sloan chalk paint
- Spray painting an old telephone and mounting it on a stand and giving it a funny title, (Modern art)
- Pastels and charcoal sketching
- Revive an old lamp shade, using decoupage and whatever else you can think of, let your imagination go wild.
- Learn to sew
- Learn to Carve wood
- Make a beanie hat or scarf using a loom weave called loom knitting.
- Bling something up, with sparkly jewels
- Learn a few chords on a ukulele
- Make a cushion cover
- Cross stitch
- Design some clothes you want to make
- Add frills and buttons to old clothes that need some TLC
I have most of the equipment listed above and you are welcome to use anything as part of your therapy
When I have had clients paint or make something out of clay, during our session, it feels very different and the feedback I have received has been quite remarkable. The clients have always taken home what they have made and the therapy seems to take on a new meaning, from the design of the project, (What you decide you want to make), to the actual building, construction and bringing it to life, to the end result. The therapy seems to flow in the same way, coming to a natural end. Often people want to make something else afterwards which is also fine. This is why I created the brand name “Creative Tailored Therapy” as it felt that this was also something that has helped me over the years and I have been fortunate enough to enable others to benefit not only from therapy but release their inner imagination and creativity.
So if you fancy having a go at being creative and making something, then just get in touch and we can discuss your requirements and what you think you might like to create when you let your imagination take over. I have lots of projects just waiting for someone’s inspiration to turn them into something remarkable.