Expressiveness / Creativity Training

I believe that we humans are fundamentally expressive creatures. But that expressiveness has been squashed, particularly in the last 75 years, by ever more sophisticated, far reaching forms of media...

You will notice that I do not provide intake forms. That is because we both can learn much from the manner in which you tell me about your difficulties and the larger narrative of your life in general. Many people, no matter how intelligent, experience difficulty expressing themselves because of shame, fear, and a variety of internal conflicts because they were not attended to properly during their formative years.

Expressiveness training as a part of counseling addresses this, but learning ease of expression and recapturing your creativity stand well on their own.

I believe that we humans are fundamentally expressive creatures. But that expressiveness has been squashed, not just by factors in our family and educational systems, but also, in the last 75 years, by ever more sophisticated, far reaching forms of media, that subtly condition us to become passive receivers of information, to follow the herd, to replace our own interpretation of events with the responses of others, and above all, to stop creating. We give up our truest selves with our original expressiveness, for pale, more socially accepted forms of being.

And we truly have been “dumbed down,” particularly by television, movies, and popular magazines so that we can no longer make sense of complex thoughts or events, frequently lacking the will and effort to educate ourselves about matters that shape our lives now and for the future.

The natural capacity to express your true self will automatically grow as we work together over time. But I also encourage people to write, draw or paint, both to tell your story and to bring back to life your natural creativity which may have been disabled by the social factors I mentioned, or by repression or loss in early life. I also suggest a wide array of books and film if I sense that these will be helpful, and strongly support newly found interest in expressive hobbies.

Ultimately, you can expect to regain your own original voice, be it visual, verbal or spatial.

My Background

I have an undergraduate degree in art, graduate training in art education, five years of graduate training in literature, and four years experience teaching university level writing. I have published both essays and poetry and shown my paintings in juried art exhibits.

Robert W. Hermer, M.A., Ph.C.
Phone: 206.632.9122
Email: bob@roberthermer.com