Art Therapy with Libby Seery

 

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I regularly succumb to a faster pace of life than is ideal. Often I feel as though I’m running from the moment I get up to the moment I go to sleep, and I lose focus on looking after myself in between times. Along with the day to day scurry, I also forget to really think about who I am as I evolve through life experiences. So I was delighted to be recently offered the opportunity to trial one of Libby Seery’s Art Therapy courses which are available on Udemy.

Libby Seery (Ad.Dip.Psych, PGDip.CBT, Dip.Couns, Dip.NLP, Dip.Psych.Coach) is a highly qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Therapeutic Art Practitioner. She has a practice on Harley Street in London, and writes and lectures in her subject as well as providing training for other doctors and counsellors. Libby is a founder of Renaissance Life Therapies Training Academy. As an accredited CPD training provider and through making her work available online, she has more than 120,000 students from 190 countries, and has been honoured with a number of awards.

Libby has created a range of courses and says: “I created the courses because I was so aware of the need to help people access quality online education that was written by an expert and someone that sees patients as part of their everyday practice.  People love studying with me, first and foremost because of the quality of my programmes, but also, because of the support I offer students 365 days a year”.

Along with lifetime access, each course comes with an invitation to be part of a private online gallery. This is a community where all students can share their work and personal journeys.

Image courtesy of Libby Seery

Putting all this to one side for a moment though, what did I make of the course? As a complete non-artist the idea of Art Therapy courses didn’t use to feel like a natural fit. After the joy of discovering adult colouring books a couple of years ago though I was intrigued to see how I would get on with this and thrilled to find myself to be totally engaged in the creative process that was presented. The idea isn’t that you are a brilliant artist, it is that you are doing something that is meaningful to you. Creating a piece or observing a piece that you can relate to, that encourages you to reposition your direction and focus. Then using this process in a very expressive and personal manner, which in turn improves your well-being. With 150 lectures on the course, I still have some to go although I believe having completed a large chunk I have got a good sense of it overall. Each section or lecture is only a few minutes long which means that even on days when my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not playing nicely I can still study.

The course that I have enrolled on is Arts Therapy: For Greater Understanding of The “Self”. As well as thoroughly enjoying it so far, and learning a little more about myself along the way, I have found it so relaxing. For those moments during the day when your to-do list looms and you feel overwhelmed, it is a perfect escape. A reminder that it’s ok to take time out. The artwork displayed is very moving. To begin with I read about how the artist has created each layer of their piece, but I found that I shifted my attention during each lecture to the composition itself and my feelings towards it. In turn this leads me to examine and challenge myself. It’s increasingly rare that I take time out for me and this course has made me think about how important it is to put time aside in my diary. It fits perfectly with my November resolutions (or non-New Year’s resolutions) to allow self-care to become a more prominent feature this year.

Image courtesy of Libby Seery

I am so pleased that I am undertaking this course, and am looking forward to continuing it. Links to Libby’s courses are below. Enjoy!

 

Arts Therapy For Self Healing

Promotional Video:   https://tinyurl.com/y9lfsxeg

 

Arts Therapy – A Student’s Perspective On Art Therapy 

Promotional Video:  https://tinyurl.com/ycbcbtj9

 

Arts Therapy – Greater Understanding Of The “Self”

Promotional Video:  https://tinyurl.com/y7m9d7dx

 

How To Use Arts Therapy Diploma

Promotional Video:  https://tinyurl.com/y84zcpr9

 

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N.B. This is a collaborative post, and I was gifted the course in exchange for my views. All opinions, as ever, are my own. For more information, please visit my disclosure page.

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9 comments

Wow, that’s an amazing discount. I’ve never considered art therapy but it sounds interesting. Will check out the courses. Thanks for sharing #Blogextravaganza

I’m delighted to be able to offer such an incredible discount. The course that I’m doing is super!

Thank you so much for sharing this! As the owner of an art business for children I have a real interest in the benefits of art. Longer term I’d love to be able to support an art therapy charity for children through my Craft and Party Box business. https://Squidgydoodle.co.uk
I’ll definitely sign up to the course to learn more about it.

The course I’ve been studying is fantastic. I feel I’ve joined the enthusiasm for art a little later in life but am getting so much from the creative process now!

My other half used art therapy with his students when he was teaching, he always commented on how great it was! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

It’s been wonderful brain food for me! xx

That sounds great, and what an amazing discount. I can’t wait to hear how you get on #blogstravaganza

Thank you very much. Loving it so far!

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