Using The Arts & Play

 Accommodating different sensory styles to help you find a way through

  • Individuals often favour particular senses for experiencing and making sense of their world. 
  • For instance one person might take in information primarily by listening, might evaluate it visually (eg seeing how it fits inner pictures) and store it physically (eg as a body sensation).  Another person might tend to focus on the visual details of an experience, feel how it sits in their body and file it away as words.    There are many combinations.
  • I can suggest exercises using the arts (ie poetry/song lyrics, drawing, art postcards, music, modelling clay, movement etc) so that you can make better sensory connections with your experiences and to work through them.

  • There is no need for you to be artistic or creative.
  • Although some people find working in this way a little strange at first, they often then delight in the greater scope for expression and exploration that these methods afford.

Using the imagination and play

  • Engaging the imagination in a playful manner is one of the best methods for getting to a solution "outside the box".  This is because it encourages non-linear thinking and unexpected connections. 
  • Play may be a skill that you have lost touch with.  However, as we recover our capacity for playfulness, we can rediscover our spontaneity, our creative problem-solving skills and our delight in the world.
  • We might engage your imagination and capacity for play within the carefully boundaried tray of the sandworld, in imagework, in storytelling exercises, in roleplay or even with hand puppets.