Counseling for Artists
Artists have unique needs relating to
creative blocks and confidence in their work
Counseling for Anxiety, Trauma and PTSD | Columbia, Missouri | Jennie Lannette Bedsworth, LCSW
I have worked with many who consider themselves professional artists, amateur artists, or generally creative types. I have found that artists have the same struggles with anxiety and trauma as everyone else, and they may also struggle with some additional issues. Here's an overview of some of the issues I've seen and what can help.
Writer's block and other creative blocks
Feeling overwhelmed, or dealing with anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, or negative thoughts about the self can interfere with getting work done. Sometimes artists have a perfectionist mindset which can prevent them from getting work done or trying something new. Treating the complicating issues and directly addressing the thoughts relating to creativity can help with this.
Lacking confidence about your work
Do others tell you often that your art is great, but you have trouble believing them? Do you feel like your work is never good enough for yourself? You may have some self-image issues or a pattern of negative thoughts getting in your way. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be helpful for this.
Negative mindset about selling your work
Some artists love to create, but get stuck when it comes to actually charging and asking others to pay for their creations. This can relate to underlying beliefs and self-criticism about your own value. Changing your thoughts and addressing the deeper thoughts about yourself can help.
Contact Jennie to learn more
I have experience working with visual artists, writers and musicians struggling with anxiety, trauma, and issues specifically relating to their artistic expression. If you'd like to talk about how I can help, call or text, or contact me below.