You are a creator, a maker

You are an artist, photographer, dancer, performer, designer, digital artist. Professional in mid-career or just starting out. Doing a job for income at the moment, while your art is your side gig—or next career.

I am a psychotherapist and coach focused on providing services for the artist/creative community.

In the course of the creative life, anxiety and depression can be unwelcome companions. Doubts and worry can block, slow or stall progress in creation 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 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 towards self, others, the world and the future.

My style: humanistic treatment focused on the here-and-now issues of your life lived today. Therapy is not so much about the past and its traumas as it is about how the past continues and repeats and blocks progress today.

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Coaching is focused on performance, setting and meeting goals that are relevant to advancing career. Self-direction is the key, establishing strengths and challenges—leveraging your relevant strengths, planning for skills development and develop 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 work, you may want to seek appropriate and helpful feedback from colleagues, friends or family. 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) the process.

One powerful technique for managing feedback is the Critical Response Process developed 25 years ago by choreographer/educator Liz Lerman and used worldwide. The Process consists of  60 to 90 minute session where an audience experiences a component of the work in progress, and then engages in a structured sequence of interactions with the artist, moderated by a facilitator. I can assist you in organizing and facilitating the critical response session for your work.

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For more on the Critical Response process, visit the Liz Lerman site (external link)