As expressive psychotherapist Cristina helps her clients express their internal world through the use of art materials, by tapping into their innate creative potential. With or without previous experience in art, clients create images or objects that are meaningful to them and help them start the healing process.
Cristina's approach to expressive psychotherapy is based on the correlation between the individual's development and the creative process: the therapy supports and gives meaning to the expression through art. The therapist witnesses the creative experience of the client, who at times needs to be supported, stimulated or mirrored. Tapping into the creative process promotes the emotional and cognitive development and the individual's well-being.
Each medium (markers, crayons, watercolors, clay, scraps of fabric and paper, reclaimed materials, etc.) evokes a different sensorial experience, thanks to its inherent structural qualities. As soon as the artist (the client) approaches, touches, and uses a material, her/his creativity is conveyed and stimulated. The therapist helps the client through a step-by-step and targeted choice of materials, which vary from yielding to resistant, from wet to dry, from hard to soft, from bi to tri-dimensional.
Dialogue with the Art Piece
An important part of a therapy session is building a dialogue between the artist and the finished image, which opens to the unknown and the new, to what's still to be discovered or acknowledged. The art piece contains many different levels of expression, communication and meaning, which cannot be constrained in an interpretation, but need to be inquired with openness and curiosity. The therapist helps the client to name and integrate new knowledge and emotions that emerge from the dialogue, even the most difficult ones.