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Therapy for Creatives

Reconnect with Your Expressive Medium

Therapy for Writer's Block 

You pursued a creative career because you wanted your work to be fulfilling, purposeful, and interesting. You had something to shout from the rooftops that you couldn't imagine keeping to yourself and you built a career or a meaningful hobby from your zeal and talent.

But while your artistic voice used to be bursting at the seams, stress is now keeping you closed up.

 

Stress and creativity don't always mix well, so if you find yourself feeling a bit stuck, it may be time to take a deeper look. Perhaps close relationships and self-esteem are taking the brunt of your creative stress, or you're just perpetually frustrated that you can't meet expectations the way you know you truly can.

Creativity relies on the health of your inner world. After all, your art is your expression of life through your eyes, unique sets of experiences, and who those have transformed you to be.

Creative blocks are hardly surprising. Every great artist has gone through periods of feeling uninspired or struggling to translate their inner experience through their medium.

 

Whether you're a musician, a writer, a photographer, a potter, a painter, a performer, or anyone with an expressive craft, you've encountered seasons of flow, and seasons of ebb.

However expected, though, creative blocks can be frustrating, stressful, or simply an invitation into deeper inquiry. Exploring yourself more in-depth may be one way to lower the barriers blocking the flow so you can enter the momentum you crave.

Therapy for Artists

Why might therapy be useful for artists? The creative experience taps into imagination, fantasy, and communicating the inner self. Art is a psychological process, and the more expansive your relationship with yourself, the more room your art has to grow.

Whether you're seeking that expansion, or are simply struggling with a creative block, your artistic process may leave you confronting:

  • Perfectionism and imposter syndrome

  • Your inner critic and negative self-talk

  • Fear of rejection, or fear of success

  • Too many or not enough boundaries

  • Focusing on product over process

  • The stress of work/life imbalance

  • Survival mode over finances, relevancy, or community

Or you may be struggling with:

  • Competition with others

  • Fear of being misunderstood

  • Depleted energy or burn-out

  • Loss of meaning or purpose in the work

  • A mindset of scarcity

  • Task overwhelm and a lack of time management

These are things that often arise out of self-protection but overstay their welcome, making them worthwhile to relate to or manage with self-compassion and curiosity, the foundation of which can be cultivated in therapy.

Reigniting Passion and Confidence 

Over time, remaining blocks can impact your self-esteem and the future you see for yourself. But with the right support in therapy, you can begin to move beyond what's keeping you stuck and discover yourself in ways you never imagined. 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman

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Get Started with Therapy

Ready to do the work?

Here are the answers to some of your more burning questions:

- I offer online video therapy for adult residents of California

- I am not in-network with insurance but can provide monthly superbills for reimbursement

- My fee per session is $200

If you're ready to move forward:

Browse the FAQ for additional answers to your most important questions.

Then contact Vanessa to set up a free initial consultation call.