You are an artist, a creator, a maker

You may be an artist, photographer, designer, digital artist, dancer, or performer. A professional in mid-career or just starting out. Doing a job for income at the moment with art as your side gig — or planning the leap into your next career.

I am a psychotherapist and coach focused on providing services tailored for you, the creative individual.

In the course of the creative life, anxiety and depression can be unwelcome companions. Doubts and worry can block, slow or stall progress in creativity and execution. Uncertainty about the way forward in career or a specific project can be demoralizing. Obtaining meaningful and helpful feedback can be challenging, even from supportive colleagues and friends.

I welcome you to explore my thinking and approach to removing these barriers to a fulfilling creative life and career. There are three modalities I can incorporate to support your work, your art, and your life: psychotherapy, coaching, and facilitating critical response sessions.

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Classically, artists have sought psychotherapy as a means to unblock or to accelerate creativity. The creation of a safe therapeutic relationship allows us to explore themes of negative emotions, self-esteem, interpersonal relations, fears of success and failure in a nonjudgmental setting. Therapy can also help improve feelings toward self, others, the world and the future.

My style: Humanistic, Existentialist therapy — treatment focused on the here-and-now issues of your life lived today. Therapy with me is not so much about revisiting the past and its traumas as it is about investigating how the past intrudes, repeats and blocks progress today.

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Coaching is focused on day-to-day performance, setting and meeting goals that are relevant to advancing your career. Self-direction is the key, establishing strengths and challenges—leveraging your relevant strengths, planning for skills development and developing and executing strategies designed to accelerate and optimize your performance in your career and creative output.

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Critical Response Process

During the course of your creative work, you may have sought appropriate and helpful feedback from colleagues, friends and family, or other audiences. This can be an area of some anxiety. You may be wary of exposing your work in progress to others because you have in the past received destructive or irrelevant comments, or suggestions that slowed (or worse, derailed) a project.

A powerful way to obtain meaningful feedback is the Critical Response Process developed over the past 25 years by choreographer/educator Liz Lerman and used worldwide. The Process consists of a 60 to 90 minute session where an audience experiences a component of the work in progress, and then engages in a structured sequence of interchanges with the artist moderated by a facilitator. I can assist you in organizing and I can facilitate the critical response session for your work.

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For more on the Critical Response Process and how it places the artist in control of the feedback dynamic, visit the Liz Lerman site (external link)