Guiding Individuals to Build Confidence and Recreate Their Lives Through the Arts
The Principles of Coaching with Art
It is very important that we (both client and coach) set boundaries to reduce the risk of coaching sessions turning into counseling sessions.
I am not a counselor, therapist, advisor or consultant. I am a coach.
I will make observations regarding your artwork, be curious, facilitate the connection between you and your artwork in order to help you move toward clarity and problem resolution, but I will not tell you what to create, or judge or interpret your artwork.
It is client-centered: only you know what your artwork may mean, I don't. I will provide a genuine, accepting, and empathetic space for you to express yourself and discover your own answers and potential through your artwork.
It works with the whole: using art to express what's going on inside you. It enables you to safely explore emerging visuals, thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences, that may be difficult to express verbally.
It's a physical process: You use your body to create your artwork--the way you position yourself, the materials you use, the types of strokes and forms you make, how you decide what you will make--and in that process you express yourself and your feelings.
It works with flow: When working in flow you lose track of time, you get into the zone, you aren't aware of your surroundings, you are totally into what your are creating--super-focused. I will create a positive, supportive space to facilitate this flow state.
It uses the language of the image: We will talk about your artwork as a whole, what you depict, or we'll mention colors, media used, strokes made and so on. This help you to uncover hidden truths and gain awareness.
It always has a clear purpose and intent: To avoid straying outside coaching boundaries and my abilities, sessions and exercises need to be introduced with a clear coaching purpose and intent.