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By Lisa Mitchell

In Creativity as Co-Therapist, skilled psychotherapist and creativity professional, Lisa Mitchell, bridges the distance among theoretical wisdom and healing software by means of educating psychotherapists of all backgrounds to determine treatment as their artwork shape. Readers are guided throughout the 5 phases of the inventive strategy to aid them comprehend the complexities of imminent their paintings creatively and to successfully determine components within which they generally tend to get caught whilst operating with clients.  alongside the best way workbook assignments, case reviews, own tales, and hands-on paintings directives will motivate the reader to imagine open air the field and construct the inventive muscle groups that carry the foremost to enlivening their work.

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Many take up an exercise program such as yoga, running, or CrossFit that teaches them things about being in their bodies and meeting challenges. Others study interesting periods of history, plant a garden, or take improv classes. Holly, another therapist from my group, decided to finally take the singing lessons that she had never made time for in the past. Her experience of being a beginner at something gave her renewed compassion. She was thrilled at her ability to overcome performance anxiety at her holiday recital and felt she had tapped into an entirely new frame of reference for her anxious clients.

Cross-Pollinating If we don’t want to be wind-up doll therapists like Donna was, we cannot simply copy and paste technique or blindly follow a step-by-step therapeutic protocol. We have to learn to cross-pollinate like Donna did. She used her collage work to discover a new approach to her clinical work, and learned to draw from her life experiences to enrich her mini-lectures and turn them into unique stories to help her clients. The idea that cross-pollinating is an important part of Incubating is exemplified in the quote: “Good artists copy, great artists steal,” which has been attributed to various artists including Stravinsky and Picasso.

In my workshops, I love inviting therapists to identify special moments they have experienced with specific clients. This moment can be a time when a client turned a corner in treatment; when the therapist or the client had a lightning-bolt insight that changed everything; or when the therapist felt particularly entranced by the therapeutic process. It doesn’t matter if it is a shared moment in which both therapist and client have checked in to validate the significance of the experience. It just matters if something profound happened—something special and memorable.

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