The biggest barrier to getting started with Creative Reflective Journaling is the fear of the bank page. You've just bought yourself a journal or sketchbook and it is full of the most beautiful pristine white pages. The thought of making a mark, getting it wrong and making a mess can stop you in your tracks.
As previously written about in my blog What is creative reflective practice?, I explained that creative reflective journaling brings together formal reflective practice and art journaling. It is well known that the primary purpose of art journaling is often self-care and it is something that creative reflective journaling offers you too
The answer is almost anything! Your journal is your space to explore, externalise and express whatever is going on for you. It is a safe, confidential and private space with no requirement to share with anyone unless you choose to do so.
As coaches we are encouraged, if not expected, to have a formal reflective practice as part of our ongoing development and growth, ensuring we continue to provide a professional and positive service for our clients.
Is my reflective practice good enough? is a question I have asked myself many times over my years of coaching and supervision and my answer was always no, I always felt it was inadequate. I have never been able to settle to writing out my reflective practice.
In my blog ‘Is trauma present? The survival self in coaching’ I explored why it is important to be able to recognise when the survival self* is present in the coaching sp
I have always had supervision. It was part of my qualifying process back in 2005 and has been ever since. I have had group supervision, one to one supervision and peer to peer supervision. All have added something to my practice and I have both enjoyed and gained many benefits from the variety.
When we were first locked down like many coaches I realised the enormous impact it was going to have on my practice, my clients and myself.