An exploration of the role of creativity in psychotherapy

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Scanlon, Siobhan
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Dublin Business School
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This paper explores the role of creativity in psychotherapy with focus on the intrinsic and interpersonal application of creativity in this context. The objective is to understand if there is a need for creative training in psychotherapy training. It starts with an exploration of creativity in human behavior and how new ideas originate. Then it covers the interpersonal nature of creativity and the processes that underlie this with focus on the individuality as well as co-creation in the therapeutic space. Finally, it discussed the application of creativity in psychotherapy including the therapeutic alliance, leveraging intuition as well as its limitations.