Classic and Creative Counseling and Psychotherapy in San Francisco and San Mateo, California
 

Carol Jaron, Marriage & Family Therapist
Carol Jaron
MS, MFT, CHT

 Carol Jaron
Marriage & Family Therapist &
Practitioner of Clinical Hypnosis
~ Professional ~ Integrative ~ Intuitive ~

Therapy for Adults / Adolescents / Families
Rapid Trauma Resolution
Anxiety, Self Image, Loss
Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
Food & Substance Abuse Issues
Personal & Professional Relationships

 

The Healing Gifts Within Musicians and Writers

What better group of people to learn from than those of you who compose or perform music, write brilliant fiction and non- fiction as well as those who create beautiful works of visual art, or bring us wonderful acting through theater and film.

Yet many artists may experience deep frustrations, even sadness and depression or a sense of constant anxiety about their identity and livelihood. Some ways will be touched on here as far as tools for unblocking the creative force that artists find so invigorating when it flows. In addition, thanks to the Arts can be expressedfor those perhaps unrecognized offerings that can also be used by individuals who are suffering and want to sooth and build strength.

The number one most important area that artists can use in themselves and teach everyone is that of expression and feeling that expression is received. Musicians may put together a song and when played for others, have a sense of the audience understanding and being a part of their message. The singer can feel a connection with a particular song and nothing creates the sense of release or clarity than voicing that melody with lyrics that they or someone they resonate with have written. On the other side of it, a musician might experience an enormous struggle with feeling he or she cannot get across exactly, what they wish at a particular time, and therefore lose the potential connection to others.

How does this tie in to you being depressed,feeling powerless, or getting overwhelmed with stress? A connection and sharing with others in the way a musician could is an important key to preventing the sense of isolation that comes with depression, and a great way to transform anxiety into relief, and helplessness into a powerful sense of self. If you are a musician, you may need to remind yourself of how you have had success before with something in your life you created or were a part of performing and get some help in incorporating that memory back into your mind, physical self and support in rekindling your spirit.

How can you all, artist or not, benefit from this information? Finding a way to express creatively can shift mood and build confidence. Use those who give us the gift of music as examples of listening deeply even if you don't play, or by singing out what you can put together that most represents who you are, even if you feel you have trouble carrying a tune. Lyrics alone can get out of you what is going on that feels so immobilizing. Melody can move through you as you allow yourself to delve into it. In creative therapies there can be much support in various ways of healing with artistic forms of expression.

One more way that musicians already make use of a therapeutic "instrument" is through the camaraderie that exists when playing with other musicians. Just through a music jam,a performance with those they have been working with or the many individuals it takes to put together a musical production, there lies the beginnings of a great community of support! Reaching out when life is difficult is a whole lot easier when one builds a support network to reach out to.

As far as writers go, the same need for and joy from expression takes place in the written word. How many times have we heard of or seen images of a frustrated writer typing and then crumbling or canceling what has come out. It often feels both crucial and deeply satisfying to finally put into words what he or she is trying to get across. It is as much for themselves as for others, as even if the written content goes unshared, there is a lot of inner enlivening that takes place when things go well with written works. This can be deeply moving to others as that feeling is transmitted and often identified with. Hence bringing us to away that many of you can glean healing from writers' powerful pieces...you find yourself, your pain, and your joy and much of the truths and wishes about everyday life in that. This is an unseen but very present sense of feeling understood and that you are not alone in what you may be going through.

For writers in particular, why not use your already honed skills to allow yourself to freely write through the times you feel stuck or annoyed with it just not coming out right. Scribble about that and release it by releasing yourself from the binds of having to have a structure, or topical focus. Kind of like babbling on paper. For everyone, there has been research pointing to writing in specific ways that can be taught in counseling for instance, can help with trauma, worry, frustration and anger, as well as symptoms that show up in your body, and repeated patterns that manifest in your relationships.

In conclusion, I would like to encourage you all to follow the artist's model in allowing something to come through them and into the Universe, as each of us has so much to offer that others can resonate with. Believe that bringing forth what is inside of you in creative waves touches everyone and mends much ofwhat feels torn up.

Carol Jaron, MFT

 

            Carol Jaron, MS, MFT, CHT
            Offices in San Francisco & San Mateo
            (650) 464-4387
            (415) 541-5004
           
      caroljtherapist@yahoo.com

The information on this web site is not intended to be comprehensive or a substitute for one on one care by a mental health professional, such as myself. If I can be of assistance to you or your family, I encourage you to contact me. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

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