I became a psychotherapist after several career turns, but not because of a great concern for helping others. After several decades of trying to avoid my inner demons, the death of my daughter, and the loss of a marriage plunged me into an “Introduction to Psychology” that no university could offer. But I enrolled anyway, and popped out a therapist.
In these years, I have trained extensively in Jungian psychology and the expressive therapies, especially art therapy, psychodrama, and playback theatre. I’ve had the good fortune to work closely with pioneers in these disciplines. These visionaries (and a few rare practicioners who continue to do their own personal transformational work) have led this path of discovery. They have offered a glimpse at what traditional cultures have always known: expression of emotion through creative forms is a necessary part of healthy living, not just an adjunct luxury.
In addition to a career in the professional theatre as an actor/director/composer, and facilitating hundreds of workshops and trainings, my first book The Creative Fire came together after acquiring a small heap of degrees and certifications. Whenever I hit a life challenge, I go back to school! It’s worked out ok for me.
Interestingly, though I started out without that intense need that alot of my colleagues have to help others, I have come to enjoy nothing more in my life than helping folks become more open, empowered, and committed to living boldly. It’s a blast.
I hope to meet you, and perhaps collaborate on further developing your self love project.
Bob Beare, Ph.D.