What is Expressive Arts and Creativity Coaching?
Expressive Arts and Creativity Coaching combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development.
By integrating the art processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, problem-solving and creativity. Sharing our artistic expression in safety is important.
What kind of problems can we solve with Expressive Arts and Creativity Coaching?
We can solve problems in which we experience a sense of being stuck in an unwanted situations for which we see no way out. There is a clear feeling of being trapped without any viable alternatives. This ‘tightness’ can also be described as ‘having no range of play.’
These types of problems are difficult to solve because the answer or solution is not within the range of alternatives that we can see.
The more we focus on solving the problem, the less we can find a solution. Therefore we need to find a new perspective from which we can see new options. This method is
based upon the assumptions that:
As restricted as a situation might be, there exist other possibilities hidden to the persons in the situation.
- Advances into the unknown are made more attractive by a coaching session marked by openness, appreciation, playfulness, lightness and curiosity.
- The client is the ‘expert’ in her situation. The coach will only help the client explore in new ways to find a new perspective.
- Problems that seem irresolvable require more than a linear step-by-step approach, instead they might require something ‘new’ or a more basic change that we can find by expanding our “range of play.”
Dr. Lorena Fernandez, Ph.D. provides Expressive Arts Coaching to driven individuals (and groups) who want to expand their own creative and innovative capacities in order to move their projects forward. Projects such as creating a business, writing a book, finding the right approach to a new work position, and others that require effort, imagination, commitment, and an effective way to deal with the daily challenges as well as the opposition that any project has to overcome in its transition from ‘idea’ in one’s mind to ‘thing acting in the world.’
Who can benefit from Expressive Arts and Creativity Coaching?
Creativity and Expressive Arts Coaching can be helpful for persons seeking personal development, self-discovery and healing. We all have an innate capacity and a need to be creative.
Second, it can be helpful in solving problems, conflict resolution and brainstorming in a wide range of business, professional, and educational settings.
Third, Creativity and Expressive Arts Coaching can be helpful in teambuilding, to strengthen the resilience of the team, to establish and retain its well-being and to activate resources, cognitive diversity and a sense of coherence within the team.
Some useful guidelines for Expressive Arts and Creativity Coaching with Dr. Fernandez are:
There is no right or wrong way of doing things.
- No experience with art media is necessary.
- The atmosphere is non-competitive.
- All feelings are allowed.
- Dreams, aspirations, revelations and insights are given respect and encouragement.
- Everything proposed during the workshop is a suggestion, if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. There will be no questions asked.
About the Coach:
Dr. Fernandez’s Expressive Arts Coaching offers a kind of support that engenders enthusiasm, new perspectives and out-of-the-box thinking to keep pushing forward with energy and delight on long term projects. She aims to energize five areas of impact discovered in her doctoral research:
- 1. The Self (self-development, self-discovery, self-expression, self-improvement)
- 2. Emotional Management (lifting the fog of difficult emotions, adding joy and playfulness)
- 3. Communication (relationships with others)
- 4. Interactions with the World (systems and materials management )
- 5. Creative Visualization (imagining new possibilities)
Dr. Fernandez is the author of three books:
Art and Self-Creation: The Roots of Creativity and Innovation (Think Media: EGS Media and Philosophy Series)
Spiritual Healing with Art / Curacion Espiritual con Arte
How to Exist, an impractical guide / Como Existir Guia impractica
Dr. Fernandez obtained her engineering degree from Texas A&M University, her Masters of Arts from California State University Dominguez Hills, received her Person-Centered Expressive Arts facilitator certification from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA. In Switzerland, she earned her Ph.D. from the European Graduate School (Summa Cum Laude) in the Arts, Health and Society Program, and also attended the Media and Communications Program.
She was born in Merida, Venezuela, educated in the United States and Europe, lived and worked in Singapore for seven years and currently lives in Houston, Texas.
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