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.
As a complete non-artist the idea of Art Therapy courses didn’t use to feel like a natural fit for me. 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.
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!
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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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