Artists, Writers, and Performers
For many years I have through psychotherapy helped artists, writers, and
performers with various aspects of their creative lives.
I have experience
with the creative process and the challenges that people face in their work. My understanding of the life and social/cultural
issues that artists in general face makes it possible for me to address those barriers and conflicts, and how they effect
the work and internal life of the artist.
And not surprisingly,
an overwhelming number of people in the arts who I have work with have had trouble with life “balance.” These
are some of the work problems that people in the arts have told me about:
- having a “straight” job and doing their art after work or on the weekends;
- teaching art and working around that schedule and the issues specific to that work environment;
- full-time work as an artist.
all of these, artists tell me they have trouble with:
Many of these problems, and simple garden-variety
emotional difficulties (such as depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, identity and sense of self issues, phase of life
problems, to name a few) can create blocks that keep artists from fulfilling their potential. An understanding of all the
factors that are part of that “stuckness” or inability to move forward—or even start—is the first
step on the road to ending the creative block.
time to make their own art;
- not having enough energy after working
their “regular” job to make art;
- feelings about making
art and their identity as an artist in a society that doesn’t always value art, or has stereotypes that are at odds
with the artist's own experience;
- maintaining relationships
and having a social life.
I am NOT an agent, a coach, or
a teacher; this is psychotherapy that is based on an understanding of, and experience with, creative people. I do NOT have
any connections with agents or others in that world; you may be able to find possible leads by searching the Internet or the