Piece Written by Sarah Fader
Creative people need flexibility
Being creative is a great feeling. You are making something that expresses who you are. Many creatives are sensitive and emotional people and express those feelings through art. When you’re a creator, whether you’re an artist that makes fine art, a writer, a dancer, an actor, or a graphic designer, you need the space to be creative and make your schedule. The benefit of pursuing online therapy, if you have an artistic career, is that you can be flexible with your provider. Let’s say that you have an upcoming play that has your schedule filled to the brim; an online therapist will be flexible with your rehearsal schedule. They understand that you, as a creative person, can’t necessarily meet at the same time and that you might have to travel far distances to perform or present at an art show. Creative people often find that they don’t stay in one place for long and that their schedule differs from the typical 9am-5pm.
Traveling and creativity
In addition to having irregular schedules and needing to attend a variety of events, many creative people are drawn to traveling. You might find that you’re inspired by travel and that you’re on the road a lot, or you might even find yourself being someone who enjoys living in different places. Maybe you’re a musician, and you’re obligated to tour but want to keep up with your mental wellbeing. Online therapy allows you to do that. You can meet with your counselor or therapist on a tour bus, in your car, or a hotel room via Skype or phone. It’s imperative to understand that taking care of your mental health matters. Remember that you don’t need to neglect your mental health in favor of your art. It’s vital to maintain mental health so that you can continue creating and remain stable while you do it.
Online vs. in-person therapy
Some people who are artists prefer to see someone face-to-face. You may prefer to be in a physical space with someone you see for therapy because, to you, the ability to feel the person’s energy matters. However, some artists have social anxiety and are sensitive to being in different settings. They might feel more comfortable in the privacy of their own home because it’s their personal space, and they feel more at ease sharing deep-seated emotions. It all depends on what kind of person you are and what you want, need, and experience as an individual, as well as what type of therapy you’d like to pursue.
What’s best for you?
People have different preferences when it comes to expressing their deep emotions. If you’re an artist, you need to be comfortable with the person you see for therapy or counseling. Maybe that means going to a physical office for art therapy, talk therapy, or other modes of treatment, or perhaps you want to meet with a therapist online. It’s a personal preference, but remember that online therapy is an extremely flexible option for those who are freelancers or for those who have unpredictable work and travel schedules. Whatever the case may be, choose what works for you. You might decide on an online therapy company such as BetterHelp where you can communicate with licensed mental health professionals online, through video chat, or via messenger. The most crucial thing in any therapeutic relationship is to feel comfortable, so make sure that you choose a therapist that you have a good connection with so you feel comfortable talking with them. Creative people need to maintain their mental health so that they can continue to bring beauty to the world through art and feeling good about their lives.
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.
Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.