CREATIVE AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS
Integrating complex experiences
Creative clients from the design, film, television and food industries come to therapy and counselling for a host of reasons. I've found that some of these are specific to this diverse group of professional (and personality orientations).
Having frequently worked alongside a host of creative professionals as a therapist and in other fields, I've noticed they are often attuned to doing deep therapeutic work because they value the role the unconscious can play in creativity.
That said, there are important challenges and difficulties that feature among this group including:
- Performance anxiety
- Writer or creative blocks
- Loss of connection to the ‘self’
- Lifestyle pressures
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Interpersonal and relationship difficulties
Media professionals face complex demands and difficulties given the work revolves around tight deadlines and an internal drive to put themselves ‘on the line’.
The work of journalists, producers, photographers and documentary film makers puts them in complex, dangerous and threatening environments that can take their toll emotionally and psychologically.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is not uncommon among journalists who have field experiences in conflict zones and disasters.
Therapy often examines what draws people to these professions and the defences and structures they have in place to regulate themselves are often issues looked at in therapy. A therapeutic relationship can help media professionals to manage the complexity of life, going from crisis and high drama to banality on a daily or weekly schedule.
Media professionals inhabit a complex and unique space between social responsibility and a bystander role and this can cause internal conflict.
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