Whilst working with adults with intellectual, physical and multi-sensory disabilities I realised that something more than just drama was occurring. This led me to research and subsequently achieving a Masters in Dramatherapy, This was possibly the most difficult two years of my life, as I worked full time, had four young children, a husband, dog and home to maintain, whilst also ensuring my academic assignments were up to scratch I also had to undergo psychotherapy, as to work therapeutically there is a requirement to take your 'skeletons out of the closet'. Not only to be able to identify what are your own issues within the therapeutic alliance with the client, but also to know how it is to be a client, to unravel your life and experiences, to begin and continue your healing journey. My continued gratitude to my family for there support.
My interest in humanity as whole led me to continue learning more about how we maintain a sense of balance and well-being, achieving further qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Management. I also became a Mental Health First Aid trainer.
During a few years of living with depression I studied more and began a practice of Mindfulness and Meditation, which has continued to enhance my life in so many ways. I was surprised and yet not to acknowledge that I had long utilised the techniques of Mindfulness & Meditation in my creative work without knowing that this was what I was doing, so I see myself as not only qualified but also a 'natural' practitioner as it was something that was always with me. Bringing my two passions together in a more meaningful focused way.
Creative Arts Theapy is the intentional use of drama, music, movement & art for therapeutic effect. When you watch a movie or play, listen to a piece of music, see a painting, sculpture, hear a story and it resonates or moves you, it connects with you, inspires, you sense the pain, or feel the joy you have been taken on a magic carpet ride by the use of the arts, there has been an affect. Creative Arts Therapy is the intentional use of the arts for therapeuctic effect.
Man has utilised the power of the arts to make sense of his world, since he first drew on the walls of caves, and danced around fires. Creative Arts Therapy is a unique way to explore your life, offering a non confrontational opportunity to know why and where your current way of being has its origins and how to move forward and step into being the best version of yourself. This type of therapy is extremely powerful in working with all the arts in a intentional way. It is about making art that works not works of art!
If you are not able to say what is happening for you if you don't want to or are unable to 'talk about it'. Creative Arts Therapy may be for you.
Develop a mindful approach to life, Present moment awareness, Life can be difficult incorporating the tools of mindfulness can aid greatly in improving mental health and wellbeing.
See the benefits that taking time to meditate can have on how you spend all of your time.
Learning tools and techniques in developing this life long practice its benefits can not be underestimated.
Addiction, stress, anxiety (to name but a few) can be difficult to recover from, even more difficult to live with. A personalised guided meditation recording can aid you in your recovery process. Creating new synaptic pathways, developing new coping strategies. Get in touch if there is an issue you feel this type of support would be of benefit. Talk to me to find out more.
Using the tools of creativity and mindfulness to create, build and develop resilience for positive mental health. Excellent for all ages.
How well do you know yourself?
Or more aptly how well do you think you know yourself?
Each and every one of us has history, how you perceive your history is in the most part down to how your personal history unfolded and the environment you evolved in.
Most of us know what happened to us or around us in our childhood. Some of us have sent some experiences into the recesses of our internal filing cabinet and placed them under lock and key, to never see the light of day. Or that is what we think and hope we have done.
In every moment of our lives we create ‘files’ we create ways to understand our experiences. Those we would rather not visit have a tendency to seep out in ways that we usually do not connect with past trauma and hurt. What happens to you when you think about your history, more specifically things that were difficult, traumatic or hurtful? What happens in your mind, your body, your soul – are you aware of the tummy turnings, or the inability to think rationally, do you become emotional, either laughing or crying, do you snap at people and become aggressive, or are you a people pleaser and always happy, do you negate your experiences as not that bad, or not as bad as someone else's? Are you aware of how your history impacts or impedes your current reality?
The brave and broken have gone on a journey of discovery into themselves. Some choosing to remain positive and forward focused, believing that it will eliminate any negative perceptions of experiences. Some choosing to delve into, acknowledging pain, acknowledging and releasing the hold that those past experiences may have. This is not easy work, it may be painful, it is absolutely worth, it. Healing past hurts and traumas enables you to fully embrace who you are and create a future designed by you. There is no quick fix, and one size does not fit all.
The ‘Getting to Know YOU’ programme is an intensive exploration into you. As you open your closet and look at your skeletons, you will be able to feel the pain, look at the situations from an alternative perspective and choose what to do with those experiences. Utlising a variety of modalities and approaches Authentic Discovery will guide you through the labyrinth that is you, challenging and holding you within a loving vibration.
It is good to remember that you have survived and hopefully thrived with the tools that you created to live. Some of these may no longer serve their original purpose and may be getting in the way of full expression. The ‘Getting to Know YOU’ programme will ensure that these coping mechanisms remain viable as they will be transformed to work with and not against you.
Here is the programme:
The full duration of the programme is 3 months:
Prior to first session you will complete two documents, you will be given 3 days to complete these documents, these may not be easy documents to complete, an earlier appointment may be required:
Work/life balance workbook – to see where you are NOW.
Day one: 2.5 hour session
Day two: 2.5 hour session
Followed by 4 x 90 minute sessions @ weeks 2, 4, 5, 9 with the final session in week 12.
During the three months, should you require further support YOU must request this, YOU must acknowledge where you need help, this is both necessary and healthy. YOU are responsible for your well-being. This programme is designed to empower you to seek the help you need. It is not a babysitting service. You will be held, but not mollycoddled. You may avail of 2 mini sessions of 45 minutes, these will be at YOUR request.
By the end of the programme:
You will have begun to peel back the layers on any past hurt & traumas experienced.
You will have begun to process any impact or residue from those experiences.
You will have made a choice whether to keep the shackles created in your past or release them.
You will have clearly identified any limiting beliefs or blockages to growth.
You will have an understanding of where your current behaviours originate.
You will have begun to create a toolbox of coping strategies that you will support you moving forward in your chosen life.
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You heal you.
Authentic Discovery offer a range of interventions to activate and enhance your healing to discover and replenish your soul.