Advocating Adult Play In Counselling
The adult play that I am advocating; invigorates, reveals, empowers, is flexible, objective, informative, discerning, explorative, creative, cathartic, safe, is a process. It is not definitive, conclusive, jeopardising, insidious, demeaning, undermining, infantilising.
Art and Play are creative processes that help free us up and explore life experiences from varying perspectives. The adult play environment I maintain is a safe and non-judgmental space for anything to be expressed, investigated and unearthed. These processes guide and open us up to the opportunity to make better informed choices that are aligned to our individual values.
We are creative and playful by nature. The truth to being creative through art and play is that we can take an idea and address it under safe and free conditions without any fixed outcome attached. If you have stuck thoughts and feelings of frustration, anger, anxiety, depression, or grief, and are having to perform in personal and professional environments, under cultural and social settings that challenge your core principles; viewing your experiences through the creative lense of art and play could provide you with the opportunity to stand back and consider new ways of understanding, and help you to build the resilience, grow and develop the confidence to make choices that revitalise you.
I have taken myself through 17 years of self development, counselling, holistic practices, been training for 10 years in these areas, and working for peoples social and emotional betterment for 20 years. This in turn has enabled me to aptly support your process with integrity.
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Discovering potential, inspiring choice
The name Creativity Unmasked is based on how we develop our personalities depending on how we move through life. I refer to personalities as masks, and the masks we adopt may be consciously or unconsciously worn. The masquerade we engage with depends on the influences of our surrounding environments or the position we hold in our social group, family structure, career, and the conditions we have needed to adapt to.
Seeing and observing our own personality structures enables us to reflect and keep those which serve us and let go of those that hinder our ability to progress forward in life, by achieving this level of discernment one is empowered to grow as a creator.
The idea to grow Creativity Unmasked as a business sprung from an old memory. I was 15 years old in 1996 when my father was imprisoned in Libya under the dictator Ghaddafi and his regime. He was imprisoned amongst many others; their crime was ‘running an independent business’. I was based in the U.K. at the time and on weekends my mother encouraged us to write to our father. The letters were faxed and delivered by my uncle who had a guard agree to deliver them back and forth between my father and our family. I managed to find a way to express myself and self regulate through art, and I quickly adapted this resourceful activity through the exchanges I made with my father. I drew portraits of my mum, the view through the window while sitting in his favourite seat, I drew instructions on how to make paper chains to decorate his cell at Christmas, we coloured our thumbs in ink and printed them on the paper and sent them to one another, I drew A4 picture posters for him to place on his wall wishing him a Happy Easter, and decorated lyrics to songs like ‘you are my sunshine’. With reference to the indestructible ‘Godzilla’ (of which I was a huge fan of as a child ) I began to address the letters ‘to Dadzula, ’ and he would address me as, ‘To Ayazula, ’; these names have stayed with us to this day. The fact that these names have stayed with us to this day informed me that the creative exchange we took at that time, created a connection that sustained us through dark times.