Art Therapy/ Art Psychotherapy
Passionate about colour, with an esteemed career spanning more than 30 years,June's practial experience coupled with a raft of inspirational and intuitive ideas results in new and innovative ways of working with colour in profound and transformational ways for everyones benefit.
Art making and creating helps people tell their stories, to express themselves, especially when it may be difficult to express themselves verbally.
Research proves when working with June's methods people can find their voice.
With the combined use of her colour knowledge with art we can find new solutions to old problems. Image and colour language comes before verbal language.Art coupled with June's unique and exclusive colour knowing and understanding helps people find new ways of dealing with emotions that need a release,liberating people to find new ways of dealing with feelings, to improve confidence and self esteem.
June's method uses art in the form of creating and building pictures with particular symbols, leaving the client/student to choose the placement of the suggested symbols onto the paper, they choose the colours to build their picture, June does not influence the creation of the picture by suggesting a particular placement of the content nor the colours chosen. By working together to discuss the completed project, June, the client/student and image can have a three way conversation as the meaning gradually emerges. There are real skills involved in maximising these benefits, the ability to understand colour combinations and colour language are the most valuable,
June Mcleod encourages communication with the heart and soul, getting to the nitty gritty of the matter.
With colour and art we work with people, rather than do things to them
June may ask a student/client to draw and colour a particular scene incorporating various images that symbolise different aspects known only to June prior to the exercise but not revealed to the student/client, such as; animals in nature represent many different meanings, two trees may symbolise the client and the clients significant other, a bird may symbolise the clients sense of freedom, hunted by a tiger in the jungle may represent an unspoken threat, real or imagined, a circus scene has deep emotional meaning or to colour a mandala to reveal hidden truths.
Carl Jung's innovative work with mandalas and art is well documented, he believed by working with colour and art the client felt safe and comfortable to observe themselves and their life..............
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart
Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakens....." Carl Jung.
Suggested reading - Colours of the Soul by June McLeod
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