When I was a kid I wanted to grow up and be a cartoonist. I spent countless hours drawing Garfield and working through “How To Draw” books. Once I even had my drawing published in the local newspaper and won four dollars!
Later in high school I aspired to be a graphic artist and was accepted into several art schools for graphic design. Instead of pursuing that path I ended up studying theology and psychology. Now I am a professional doodler. 🙂
I enjoy using creative expression in my therapy work with young people. The younger kids love it and sometimes I can even get teenagers involved! Art is non-verbal, expressive and it can be an excellent path to emotional healing.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.” – Albert Einstein
I thought I would share some of my artwork that has been inspired by my counseling work. Sometimes art is just better than words. (You can click on the images to see larger versions).
Sometimes our outward expression (smiling) is very different from our internal experience (anxiety).
The path to our goals is not always clear and sometimes we have to go backwards before we go forward again.
The anguish of adolescence can be intense. Feelings of confusion, loneliness and sadness can be difficult to express.
This figure reminds me that we all have multiple layers. Our motivations, thoughts and feelings can often be complex.
I have compassion for kids who do not have fathers and also for those that suffer abuse and do not have a voice.
This is one of those drawings that did not have a clear purpose or meaning. Maybe it is about the many directions we can choose in life. Feel free to add your own interpretation. 🙂
As a psychotherapist, I am witness to the best and worst parts of humanity. I remain an optimist and I always believe that people can change and overcome the obstacles in their lives.
People have the capacity to be loving and kind, as well as hurtful and destructive.
One thing I love about art is that it doesn’t have to involve planning or thinking. Even though this character seems robotic or alien, this one makes me think about human potential.
There is definitely a part of me that relates with the sadness and anguish of teenage boys. I imagine this makes me an effective therapist, connecting with my clients in the places where they hurt the most.
I guess there is a theme here. 🙂 What teenager hasn’t wondered at some point if anyone cares or if anyone would listen to their pain?
This one is a little creepy to me, but it reminds me that mental illness is a reality for many people. There are people who struggle with major depression, crippling anxiety and even more severe lifelong disorders.
Thanks for taking a look at my artwork. Even though I did not choose a career in art or music, I am grateful that I can use my creativity to express myself and help my clients to create meaning and find healing in their lives.