Through coaching with art I have been amazed by the myriad of benefits that art brings my clients. I have found that once my clients start to relax with creating and externalising their images it opens up a safe and supportive space for deeper understanding and awareness.
Many coaches have experienced working with art and creativity in their practice and have also experienced the insightful and transformative outcomes that come from working this way.
In my previous blog I looked at keeping records of the art just in case your client wants to refer to it or it comes up in the coaching conversation.
I often get asked what records I keep of clients' art. One of the cornerstones of my record keeping is keeping a record of the art produced. In my last blog I looked at who keeps the art, client or coach, and what happens if the client chooses to leave the art behind.
Who keeps the art produced by a client was a great question raised at the last Introduction to Art in Coaching workshop. On the surface the simple answer is the client as the image belongs to them.
Art in coaching has an ability to create transformational shifts in perception, understanding and meaning. Coaching with art enables our clients to access a deeper level of awareness. An awareness that may be unconscious to them and may be really difficult to articulate.
When Sam and I met for her second coaching session, Sam wanted to focus on her feeling of ‘otherness’. This feeling came out very strongly in Sam’s first session when Sam was exploring where she saw herself in the organis
Sam had recently joined a professional organisation as a director to help bring about change and introduce best practice.
The wonderful thing about our left brain is that it helps us to know the world around us by analysing, categorising and labeling that which we encounter. Its has an important role in helping us to maintain a consistent and stable world.
This wonderful exercise can be as long or as short as you like and is great way to take a pause in this helter skelter world we live and work in. The picture above is one of my doodles I did with a biro.