Creative ways of connecting with ‘self’ and ‘other’: A conversation between Deisy Amorin-Woods and Glenn Larner
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
School of Arts and Humanities
Key Points: Over the years, family therapy has morphed into a much more creative, flexible, and inclusive approach, which is more acknowledging of diversity and the use of blended applications to what we call ‘integrative.’ It is helpful for therapists to have some creative pursuits, whether it's art, music, dance, or writing as it helps us enlarge our perspective on the human encounter. Creativity takes us into spaces which are outside of therapy and allows us to tap into other parts of self, which facilitates clients' connection to self and enhances the therapeutic relationship. There are congruencies between jazz and family therapy as both require us to have one foot in the tradition while listening to contemporary influences in order to allow forward movement and evolution. Another congruency lies in ‘diversity’ with variations in delivery influenced by a persons' culture, language, race, gender, identity, and their context.