Thursday, 21 May 2015

About the color of grey cells by Anshuma Kshetrapal


Envisioned in 2014, CoGC functions primarily under the expertise of Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, Ms. Anshuma Kshetrapal. As an independent organization, it aims to spread the word about psychotherapy through the oracle of the arts. Though it is based primarily in the cities of Delhi and Bangalore, the endeavour extends itself to groups and individuals all around the world, who are keen to learn, experience and benefit from Creative Arts Psychotherapy. The main mission is to emphasise on the inclusivity of the psychotherapy, such that, every individual, irrespective of their proficiency in art, can access creative arts therapies and traditional psychotherapy. It aims to spread awareness in the community on several such ideas. This is the essence and spirit with which CoGC functions. To know more, pls visit www.cogc-psychotherapy.com


FAQs


They say we can’t wear masks. They say we can’t paint walls. They say we can’t make up stories. They say we can’t move without inhibition. Why then drama & movement therapy? Merely because we say, you CAN. The creative arts therapy as a revolutionary approach arose in the middle of the 20th century. It was in stark contrast to the traditional psychotherapies, although it draws on principles from Psycho-dynamism, Humanism and few other schools of thought. The Color of Grey Cells essentially follows the Sesame approach to Drama and Movement therapy.

What does Drama and Movement (Sesame) mean? 
Drama and movement based therapeutic techniques in the Sesame approach are vividly metaphorical and symbolic. Routine everyday activities and life changing events contribute greatly to our thoughts and behavior. Their influence most often cannot be measured by simple words. They lie embedded in our muscles, dreams, imagination, fantasies, gestures, dreams and other hidden spaces. Thus creative arts therapy taps into the unconscious realm and uses stories, movement, drama and visual art to access it.

Won’t I be vulnerable?
The beauty of the therapy is that it gives life to various aspects of the self, forbidding interpretation. The therapist in this context is referred to as a facilitator; absolutely free of judgments or analysis which may help pave the way to self-enhancement. This open, safe, confidential space is not to make one feel weak, but to feel secure.

Is it just fun and games?
Drama and movement therapy, although highly liberal and unstructured, is based on a number of theories. Carl Jung’s work on the unconscious, Rudolph Laban's art of movement, Peter Slade's work in children's play and Marian Lindkvist's nonverbal language of movement-with-touch-and-sound, are some of the theoretical frameworks. The sessions are also based on well-planned stages. The nuance, however, is to provide freedom within boundaries and structure within the unstructured. Therefore, the work happens without feeling like its work.

How is it different from other therapies?
Compared to other techniques, movement therapy is less verbal and drama therapy’s verbal content is less direct. Clients will, however, be given the opportunity to speak, though the purpose of speech will be different. After the initial steps of discovering and expressing emotions, familiarizing oneself with the new found emotions follows. Now the individual has the luxury to decide an appropriate method to deal with the emotions, thus leading to a healthier emotional environment. Despite the mysterious connotation, it uses activities which are spontaneous, entertaining and novel. There are still plenty of sessions that may be just about processing and bringing cognitive insight through traditional talk psychotherapy.

Who can engage in it?
Drama and movement therapy is universally applicable. There is no age, gender, race, or social class restriction. It is also not necessary to be an artist to be a consumer. Even those with impaired movement or cognition can benefit from art based therapies. People facing any sort of emotional, mental, psychological or somatic distress ranging from 'high functioning' work or relationship stress to any sort of post traumatic work or even just self exploration is possible under creative arts therapies. Thus, drama and movement therapy can provide an all encompassing and highly enriching experience as it marries us to our primal and instinctual gift of art.

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