The Creative Process & Trauma. Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR
Lisa Mitchell LMFT, ATR, LPC is the author Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy (Routledge 2016). An art therapist, she has specialized in helping teens and adults use art and creative expression to overcome anxiety, depression, and trauma for 20+ years.
Lisa’s online and in-person workshops are popular for the in-depth, hands-on creative experiences she facilitates to help therapists find unique ways of approaching the therapeutic process as a creative one.
Lisa is also the organizer and host of Create Fest, an annual online creativity festival that provides inspiration and education for therapists to “Get out the box and into their right mind”.
Lisa partners with her own creativity through writing, knitting, and painting. Her blog features reflections on all creative endeavors (including therapy) at www.innercanvas.com.
When we stay closely and non-judgmentally with someone exploring pain we find beauty in the midst of the ruins.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Lisa shares the story of how she came to realize that it wasn’t simply the joy of making art–in her case, sculptures–but the actual process of making that art within a community, and the profound impact that process had on those around her, which brought her to the work she does.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Lisa talks about what happened when she invited one of her first clients to have a conversation with color and the significant lessons she learned from that.
My why is because it’s my art. When I’m in my art, I think I’m the best human being I can be.
- Understand the importance of implementing experiential work with your clients.
- Remember–you don’t have to be a manual.
Lisa’s Go-To Books
- Creativity as Co-Therapist: The Practitioner’s Guide to the Art of Psychotherapy
- Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine, Saki Santorelli
- Irv Yalom
- Studio Art Therapy: Cultivating the Artist Identity in the Art Therapist, Catherine Moon