Self-Development Through Art Therapy With Bel Ryan [Podcast]

I’m a talker; anyone who knows me can testify to that. But as a student and trainer of effective communication, I also know that communication is not just about talking. Communication begins with the stories we tell ourselves, and often we’re not even aware of the impact our self-talk is having on us. This week’s guest explains this concept and how art therapy can help.

Bel Ryan describes art as naturally therapeutic. Through her work with teenagers as a school counsellor, she discovered that people are able to express themselves through art, even when they’re unable or unwilling to express themselves verbally. In her business Ignite Art Therapies, Bel works with clients, using art therapy to help the unknown, become known. 

In today’s episode of Be The Drop, Bel discusses the human disconnect that exists in today’s digital and hyper-connected world. She provides valuable insights into the process of art therapy, as well as tips and other simple tools to help today’s busy professionals understand themselves better.

Bel Ryan Explains Art Therapy

“A blank page can say so much. The use of creativity and art to self-reflect is really important.”

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In this episode on art therapy, you will learn:

  • How to use art to process emotion
  • How art therapy is different from art for beauty
  • The power of creativity as a reflective tool
  • The impact of today’s busy society on our wellbeing
  • Simple tools for reconnecting to yourself
  • The concept of “slowing down in order to speed up”
  • Why you should pace yourself rather than seeking a quick fix
  • The ceremony and symbolism of destroying art for catharsis 

“There’s another way, rather than being in your head all the time. It’s easier to talk about the art than it is to talk about yourself.”

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