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Therapy Styles

I came up with the name Creative Counselling Practice as a result of discovering alternative methods of counselling to your standard "sit and talk" style of therapy, although sit and talk is certainly utilised throughout my sessions in varying degrees depending on the clients needs. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I went on my own journey of counselling and found for me, some techniques were more effective than others. I was particularly interested in the ways that expressive or creative techniques can bring forth hidden things in the subconscious that we often need to address. This process allows the client to explore and talk through problems that might not have been in the forefront of their mind and discover new ways to process and move forward.

Some techniques I like to use are Sand-tray therapy, Picture cards, Symbol work, and Drawing. It might also be as simple as a traditional style "sit and talk" session during where I might ask you to choose a symbol or figurine that reflects the way you are feeling in this moment.

Sand-tray Therapy
The sand-tray room has a sand-tray and shelves filled with small figurines such as people, animals, household items, religious symbols, flowers, cars, dolls and many more. A sand-tray is the basis of the therapy and the client is invited to create a base in the sand to which they will build on with their choice of figurines. Interestingly, when the figurines are chosen the client usually has no idea why they chose it, but as the session progresses they find deep meaning in what is revealed in the sand-tray.

Picture Cards
Picture cards are exactly as the name suggests - cards with pictures on them. They are cards consisting of photos of many different people, places, activities, countries, cultures and activities that can give the client a talking point. Much like what is discussed above with the figurines, the client finds deep significance and meaning when asked to explore and discuss the card/s they chose further.

Symbol Work
Symbols can act as a bridge between the counsellor and the client, particularly if the client finds it difficult to talk or bring up something on their mind. It can act as an icebreaker and create an environment to initiate conversation. Symbol work can include sand-tray, drawing (either freely or under direction), creating, and even dance and movement if the client is comfortable with this.

If you have not experienced any of these styles of counselling, you may assume it to be suitable only for children, but quite the contrary. These styles of techniques are very effective for people of all ages. Of course children do respond well, but adults are usually very surprised at what they discover about themselves.