Robin  Bryant, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

Working with Artists and Creative Individuals
Posted On March - 24 - 2009

          In addition to working with adults who are anxious, depressed or have more specific problems with their career goals and/or relationships, I have extensive interest in, and experience with people working in the arts, whether it be acting, directing, writing, painting, or performing in productions of dance, music, or multi-media. There are specific conflicts that creative individuals struggle with on a regular basis. Having spent time in and around the art world before moving into the study of psychology and psychoanalysis, I have a unique perspective into the emotional challenges involved in the creative process, and have found psychotherapy to be especially helpful at getting to the heart of the creative struggle.  Oddly, artists tend to shy away from psychotherapy believing it may rob them of their creative drive, but I find that having a regular place and time to explore both personal issues and conflicts around creative endeavors is the most fruitful and rewarding approach to resolving them.  Conflicts in personal relationships often overlap with obstacles encountered in one’s creative work and are best dealt with together in sessions.  And an artist’s creative productivity is intimately entertwined with his or her entire identity as a human being so these issues are most successfully handled conjointly.

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Working with Relationship Issues
Posted On March - 19 - 2009

       Often a person is drawn to therapy because they are not able find success in their relationships.  Maybe they feel unable to connect to another person in a social setting, feel awkward and clumsy at socializng in general, and therefore tend to avoid most social gatherings where they might meet someone special.  Perhaps you are shy in group settings because you feel you have nothing to say or feel you are not “interesting” or even “likeable”.  These are common feelings experienced by both men and women and they can be understood at a deeper level, and eventually be alleviated through the work in our sessions.

       Another common problem is to be in a relationship with someone you feel you truly love, but they seem unwilling to commit to anything long term, which is what you would like to do.  Or maybe you are the one who is unsure if this is a good match for you or not.  These issues can be delved into resulting in a better understanding of why you are with that person, and what may be drawing you to someone who is seemingly reluctant to get closer to you.  You may learn that in fact, you are almost equally fearful of getting closer to your partner and this fear is shared and has become somewhat of a foundation for you both.

       I work with individuals and with couples, so there are many paths to understanding all sides of the problem, whether you come into sessions alone or with your mate.  My work with couples is flexible to suit what is comfortable for you and for your partner, if he or she is willing to be involved in the process.

       I work with gay couples as well as straight whether the couple is already commited to each other or is thinking about moving in that direction.  Having a neutral place to air your frustrations with each other can bring some immediate relief to your conflictual relationship even if you aren’t able to resolve all of your conflicts as rapidly.

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