A few testimonies from different people who have engaged in individual expressive arts therapy with myself:

‘When I started therapy, I felt unbalanced within myself and felt I had lost my sense of self, but I am now at the point where I have regained these things. I think I have achieved this by both the speaking and the creative methods in therapy. I have been able to learn about and understand my weaknesses which has enabled me to be more grounded and as a result I feel much more balanced’

‘Overall, I would say that therapy has helped me to learn more about myself as an individual and it has also given me the chance to express myself in creative ways that I wouldn’t have done otherwise. It has given me a safe space and it has also provided me with methods that I have been able to take away and use outside of the sessions which have helped me to be able to ground myself both in and outside of therapy. I feel as if I will be able to continue to use these when I no longer have the sessions’

‘The therapy has been a revelation. Tackling issues from a different angle – using props and stories – seems much less stressful than head on’

‘Through just twelve sessions, you created an environment and led a process that enabled me to make self-discoveries that had eluded me for decades’

‘I was pleasantly surprised at how helpful I have found it. I think I have avoided the idea of therapy in the past and questioned what benefit I would gain from it. But I have definitely found drama therapy helpful. I now feel more positive about various aspects of my life. I really enjoyed just having a space where I knew I could bring whatever was on my mind and I would be listened to and would not be judged. I also really appreciated the time the therapist took to understand every small aspect of myself and my life. This helped me to feel like he was really trying to understand me and what may be going on for me’

‘I initially entered into therapy because I was experiencing high levels of anxiety. At the start we talked about the goal of therapy being around finding ways to reduce and manage this anxiety. I now feel in a much more positive place emotionally. I feel that I have found some ways to manage the anxiety and have also realised the importance of being able to accept negative feelings and understand that they are OK to have’

‘I would like to thank Jean-François for his commitment to what became a very close collaborative form of therapy. It has been invaluable to my development’

It was god to explore my difficulties using different mediums. I particularly found the drama scenarios very powerful’

You might also like to refer to an article, published in the 2019 April/May edition of Mental Health Nursing, co-written by myself and one of my ex-clients about his experience of therapy. This article is available for consultation here.