How do you express yourself?

In this blog Fe underlines the importance of emotional expression and release, and asks how you most easily express yourself

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I recently moved house, to a new village far enough from my old home to not know what’s where. It’s been an interesting experience to notice old habits necessarily falling away, and my discomfort with not having new patterns in place that I can auto-pilot my way through. While discombobulating, it’s also been a time of waking up and becoming more aware of what does, and what does not, enhance well-being.

We are all different, but my clinical experience has again and again underlined to me the importance of us each finding our own ways of expressing what we feel, and of discharging strong emotions. When we do this, it’s like we’re a bottle of pop that has had the lid gently unscrewed, allowing just a little of the fizz to escape. When we don’t, we’re like a bottle shaken and shaken by life’s events, and sooner or later, our lid will come off with a bang.

Music is one way of expressing, be it singing, playing instruments, or listening to music that matches or changes your mood. Writing in a journal, writing prose or poetry, doodling, drawing, sculpting, dancing, exercising, acting, clowning, boxing, primal screaming, making love...there are so, so many ways to express feelings. No one method is right for everyone, we are unique and each need to find our own path.

The irony is, when the going gets tough, emotional expression may be one of the first things to go. My recent experience of this prompted me to want to blog about it, because when life is busy, that’s the time we need to double down and express more, because so much more is passing through us.

How do you express yourself?

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.