Integrative Counselling – Art Therapy included

Sometimes you have to drag yourself to therapy. There will be thoughts like “I don’t want to go today. I had such a bad day. I’m so exhausted. I don’t want to talk about my emotions. I don’t want to talk at all. I want to lay down and forget all my problems and everything that was bothering me all day long. I want to be alone. I don’t want to see anybody and at least my counsellor.”

Then it’s necessary that I, as your therapist, understand your mood and accept you unconditionally without assumptions, judgement or questionning.

And then drawing is a wonderful way for you to arrive, to calm down and to let go all the negativity of the day. Drawing might be less threatening after a stressful day and provide you with a sense of safety and comfort.

Everybody can draw and there are no failures. Sometimes I have to remind my clients to forget their “adult concerns” and just start drawing as they did when they were children, not thinking about their skills or the quality of the pictures, telling their parents that this scribble overthere is a tractor (“can’t you see, Daddy?”).

Art therapy for traumatized clients provides a way to externalize emotions and events that may otherwise be too painful to disclose verbally during the initial sessions. Peterson & Hardin explained drawing as a therapeutic vehicle called “telling without really telling”. Drawing supplies alternative symbolic meanings to the client’s experiences. Through drawing inner pains, tension and confusion become less intensive and the clients discovers new coping methods, the possibilities of change and choice and a sense of belonging. Drawing improves awareness and gives insights. Drawing enables the client to look at a problem from a different perspective.

Neither in dream work nor in art work would I ever dare to interprete a drawing. It’s the client him/herself who makes I-statements regarding his/her drawing (for example “I was drawing myself in a cage because I feel like a bird who is not allowed to fly”). When we’re talking about drawings in a group I won’t allow anybody to start a sentence with “I assume…”; I rather want my group members to tell me: “When I look at this picture I feel sad/tense/angry.” or “I never noticed before that I don’t like this colour at all, but now when I’m thinking about it I can see my aunt wearing a dress with that colour and yelling at me.” Through drawing unconscious material can be revealed and help the client in healing again.

Summary:

Art can be another important avenue of communication and expression, especially when words fail. The spatial character of pictures can describe many aspects of experience simultaneously. Art faciliates creativity and is useful in working with fantasy and unconscious. Art is enjoyable and relaxing and can lead to shared pleasure in a group. Everyone can join in at the same time, at their own level. The process of activity is the most important factor and a scribble can be as much of a contribution as a finished painting.

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The Healing Power of Words in Integrative Counselling

A good conversation is healing!

 

John Patrick:

“Pain makes man think… thought makes man wise…

wisdom makes life endurable… and all that uses

WORDS!”

  

Integrative Counselling as well as Psychotherapy is the therapy of healing the soul by pure exchange of words. The client talks and the therapist listens, asks clarifying questions, challenges certain thought patterns and sometimes provokes certain behaviour to make change possible.

Words are magical and to this day have retained their magical power. Ancient healers, story tellers and religious evangelists all clearly knew of the power of words. By words a person can be made blissfully happy and a client once said: “During my counselling therapy I found out that words are more powerful and medicinal than all the pills and drugs I’ve been taking already for such a long time because in addition to the healing capacities words are giving insight. No pill can really equal the mood stabilization of positive words like “I love you!”  or the encouragement I receive from my therapist that help me becoming a self-confidence and proud woman and that also help me rediscovering the forgotten skills I already have within me to master my life. Imagine we all would grow up hearing mostly good words – our whole emotional and cognitive vocabulary would be so different and healthy and we would be able to handle our daily life challenges much easier.”

From an energetic point of view the cause of suffering and pain is an imbalance in the three aspects of our essence / existence which results in frozen or blocked energy structures:

 Body & Mind & Soul Energy-System/Structures = Biological & Psychological & Spiritual Energy-System/Structures

The power of the word itself dissolves these “frozen” or “blocked” structures and allows the energy they were holding captive to be reclaimed into the Living Self again so that they can flow freely, lively and healthy like a natural creek.

How do frozen or blocked structures develop? As soon as somebody behaves like the person who caused our original experience and we react the same way as in the original situation! What situations? Trauma, Grief, Fear and Illusion!

In order to heal we must realize that most of our emotions, beliefs and thoughts are nothing but frozen patterns that we perceive as our true/real world and that we keep on re-activating by giving them energy. The first step towards healing is to retrieve our energy through the power of WORD, disconnecting it from symptoms, emotions or beliefs.

This method of Integrative Counselling is not new at all. We can find many examples of creative, healing and magic acts performed through words already in the bible:

  • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Just speak one word and my soul will be healed.
  • God sent his word and he healed the people. Miracle after miracle began to occur. One person who was healed told the others: “When we spoke those words it shook me hard. Suddenly I felt the healing power flow and I was healed.” 

So many people underestimate the spoken word in its healing and manifesting power. Language is used as an istrument to describe reality and to indirectly influence our own world through conditioning, interpreting, trance, drawing, role playing, anchoring, cognitive reframing and applying EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Integrative counselling offers specific formats for healing through words. All these methods mentioned before access the individual’s own path in life. Destructive thought forms are dissolved and the energy bound up in them is immediately available for the person in the here-and-now.

The healing process of Integrative Counselling reaches the core:

The resolution of frozen energy structures through WORDS allows the REAL SELF to emerge and express itself in its most wonderful, fascinating, magical and unique way!

Hoseshoe Art and The Art of Horseshoeing

HORSESHOE ART by Michael Eisenrigler

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The Art of Horseshoeing

Professor E. Coleman (1765 – 1839) said: “A proper mode of shoeing is certainly of more importance than the treatment of any disease, or perhaps of all the diseases incident to horses. The foot is a part that we are particularly required to preserve in health; and if this art be judiciously employed, the foot will not be more liable to disease than any other region.”

In order to keep your horses’ hoofs in a good healthy condition and natural balance, they should be trimmed or shod every six to eight weeks.