What is Creative Counseling and Why Is It So Important to a mental health professionals?

Let me teach you everything you need to know about creative counseling! I have taught hundreds of counseling graduate school students creative counseling skills, and now it's your turn to learn! This site has over 800 pages of creative counseling ideas, techniques, and activities for you to try!

What makes a Creative Counselor different from a regular counselor, or therapist?

The Creative Counselor is a licensed professional in many fields of mental health who offer more to clients. The Creative Counselor offers a unique and creative approach to clients in order to promote emotional well being and healing.

This type of counselor / therapist takes the eclectic approach to therapy. They do not adhere to one or two therapeutic approaches. They seek training and knowledge in many different arenas of psychotherapy. These highly trained counselors and therapists allow the client to dictate where the path of therapy will lead.

The Creative Counselor has the tools and training that are needed for Creative Therapy. If a Creative Therapist does not have the understanding or training necessary then they seek training and supervision. This is all for the benefit of the client. It is also to insure the best therapeutic experience for the welfare and safety of the client.

Creative Counseling and Psychotherapy includes Play Therapy, Play Therapy Games, Sand Tray Therapy, Art Therapy, Bibliotherapy, Music Therapy, Dance Therapy, etc. The Creative Therapist is open using creativity with their clients in order to promote a stronger and deeper level of healing.

The Creative Counselor is able to modify activities for all age levels. They never get "stuck" with their client's in therapy. They use more than "talk therapy" with their clients if the client is open to the creative experience.

Any therapist can use "talk therapy", however, the Creative Counselor offers so much more to their clients if they want or need more.

This counseling website is a basic tool for the beginning therapist to the advanced more seasoned therapist. The activities shown have been used in the private practice setting and the school counseling setting for clients of all ages.

As a Creative Counselor, I use Creative Counseling in many settings. I teach these activities to college students in graduate counseling programs. I have also used these activities and techniques in private practice and with modification, the school counseling setting.

Creative Counseling has no age limit. It can be used with children, adolescents, teens, and adults of all ages. All age groups can benefit from using creativity during therapy.

Disclaimer: The free activities found in this website should be used by licensed mental health professionals who have training, or are seeking supervision with a trained professional in the area of Creative Counseling and Creative Psychotherapy.

For more information on Creative Counseling training see "Creative Workshops".

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Disclaimer: This website and its content is intended for trained licensed mental health professionals and school certified mental health professionals to use for their clients / students at their own discretion.

*If you ignore the disclaimer above are using these techniques on yourself and you feel any discomfort or upset it is highly suggested that you seek out a licensed  mental health professional immediately.

"Beyond Art Therapy" is the concept from Dr. Stangline that combines all creative fields in therapy. It is not the traditional "art therapy" but goes beyond to include sand tray therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, meditation, color therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a vast majority of other therapies.

For any other type of mental health emergency call your local 911 / Police Number immediately.

Dr. Stangline does not offer advice / suggestions to anyone who is not a professional mental health provider, or a student who is studying this field and has questions about mental health programs of study.

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