Expressive Arts as a Coaching Tool
Expressive arts as a coaching tool is a unique way to learn more about yourself. Art, writing, music, drama and dance are all types of expressive art. The goal of using expressive arts is about your personal journey. It is not about the finished product. It takes the pressure off “creating” something and allows you to just explore. In my coaching practice I use art journaling, visual arts and writing to help clients create emotional maps and anchors. This helps clients become clearer on their goals and action steps. Art work and writing is a tangible item that can be used as a reference point for progress and self-coaching.
An example of an expressive arts coaching tool is a visualization of our inner critic. I ask clients to find an image or draw a lizard to represent their inner critic. I am always amazed at the details that come from this coaching activity. Naming our inner lizard give even more information. Writing stories about our inner lizard gives more insights. This is valuable information because we are the ones who listen to our inner critic and that can stop us from reaching our goals.
Who can participate in Expressive Arts coaching?
Anyone can participate in expressive arts. You just have to be open to the process. If you can draw a line, circle, square and squiggly line you have all the drawing skills you need. If you can write you have all the writing skills you need. As your coach, I guide you through the process. If you have never done anything like this, it can be scary, but my clients will tell you they have fun while working on their action plans and goals.
Specialties for Expressive Arts Coaching
I find that expressive arts works well with coaching. It can be used in almost any coaching session. Coaching areas that I have used expressive arts include:
- Finding meaning and life purpose
- Planning a purposeful retirement
- Stress Reduction
- Social Soft Skill for people with social anxiety
- Building Self-Esteem and Confidence (especially for young women, women over 50 and the LGBTQ community)
- Creating wellness action plans (healthy eating and fun movement)
- Navigating health issues
- Creative aging and acceptance
Do any of these resonate with you? Maybe you have a different issue you would like to work on? Expressive arts work well for change and developing a goal-oriented action plan.
How it Works
The first step is to schedule an appointment. We meet using Zoom video conferencing or phone. During our first session we get to know each other, ask questions and discuss what changes you want to make in your life. We
We will also explore the expressive arts project that will compliment your journey. Depending on what you need after our session I will e-mail worksheets, videos or other resources to help you reach your goals. Moving forward you can choose how often you need or want a coaching session. Please review my coaching policies for additional information.
Expressive Arts Gallery
There are three art tools I really like to use: self-portraits, gratitude and the body compass. You can view examples of these coaching tools in the Expressive Arts Gallery. Do me a favor though before you visit. Don’t judge the work of others or compare your possible work with theirs. Remember, it’s all about the process. Visit the Gallery.