Creative Arts Psychotherapy (Drama, Movement, Visual Art)
Founded by Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, Anshuma Kshetrapal, the Color of Grey Cells is an endeavour to spread awareness about the use of the arts as therapy. We conduct training workshops, run group therapies and work with individuals who want to experience psychotherapy through talking or through the use of stories, poetry, movement, drama or visual art. Read on to know more...
Engage with us
The Color of Grey Cells (CoGC) is dedicated to Creative Arts Psychotherapy and the therapeutic capacities of the arts. Arts therapies are for everyone and anyone, because they require no prior skill set, no training or experience in the arts.
The therapists simply endeavour to create confidential, non judgemental, safe and open spaces for expression and exploration, using a variety of creative methods, activities and games.
You can begin your journey into creative arts therapies with CoGC, in the following ways:
The Color of Grey Cells (CoGC) believes that,
“In the search for self care, stability, and growth, the best answers lie with color, music, stories and movement.”
Envisioned in 2014, CoGC functions primarily under the expertise of Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, Ms. Anshuma Kshetrapal. Though it is based primarily in Delhi , the endeavour extends itself to groups and individuals all around the world, who are keen to learn, experience and benefit from Creative Arts Psychotherapy. The main mission is to emphasise on the inclusivity of the psychotherapy, such that, every individual, irrespective of their proficiency in art, can access creative arts therapies and traditional psychotherapy. This is the essence and spirit with which CoGC functions. To know more, please watch the video below and contact us.
About Anshuma Kshetrapal
Anshuma Kshetrapal is a practicing Drama and Movement Psychotherapist, registered with BADth (British Association of Dramatherapists). She has a Masters in Psychosocial Clinical Studies from Delhi and in Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) from London. Currently, she is running her own private practice, seeing individuals and groups in Delhi. She is also the Course Director, Supervisor and Faculty member for CMTAI’s Delhi, Bangalore and Pune’s certificate and diploma courses along with being an advisory board member for them. Passionate about ethical work, she is on the eight-member Ethics Committee for Moolchand Medcity, Delhi and on Apollo Spectra Hospital, Delhi’s panel as a psychotherapist.
Over the years, Anshuma has worked with adults and children, in the field of mental health with a range of settings such as hospitals, NGOs, schools and corporates in Delhi, Bangalore and London. She regularly designs and conducts workshops for people so that she can spread awareness about the arts as an introspective and insightful modality. In this endeavor, she founded The Color of Grey Cells and co-founded The Arts Therapists Co-Lab to conduct workshops and masterclasses for students, therapists and clients alike because she is passionate about working with the mind and body nexus, using stories, poetry, movement, role playing and visual arts.
Creative Arts Therapy:
Open to psychologists, students, special educators, occupational therapists, artists and anyone else who wants to learn how to use the arts as a therapeutic medium can organise/attend these workshops.
Drama/Movement/Art Therapy Workshops
Any organisation; schools, colleges, corporates, NGOs or institutions who wish to experience the arts as therapy can avail this service. This would be a customised workshop to explore, discussed aims, using the creative arts.
From time to time, our therapists facilitate Creative Arts Psychotherapy groups.
These are small groups that meet to explore specific goals and needs for a fixed period of time.
Individual Creative Arts Therapy / Psychotherapy Sessions
This service is for anyone facing any emotional, psychological, mental distress. Talk therapy or arts therapy sessions can help one communicate difficult feelings and bring thought and behaviour patterns to awareness.
Besides these ways of engaging with us, we also provide supervision and consultation services for peers and junior creative arts therapy facilitators.
“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”
What is Drama & Movement Therapy?
They say we can’t wear masks. They say we can’t paint walls. They say we can’t make up stories. They say we can’t move without inhibition. Why then drama & movement therapy? Merely because we say, you CAN.
The creative arts therapy as a revolutionary approach arose in the middle of the 20th century. It was in stark contrast to the traditional psychotherapies, although it draws on principles from Psycho-dynamism, Humanism and few other schools of thought. The Color of Grey Cells essentially follows the Sesame approach to Drama and Movement therapy.
What does Drama and Movement (Sesame) mean?
Drama and movement based therapeutic techniques in the Sesame approach are vividly metaphorical and symbolic. Routine everyday activities and life changing events contribute greatly to our thoughts and behavior. Their influence most often cannot be measured by simple words. They lie embedded in our muscles, dreams, imagination, fantasies, gestures, dreams and other hidden spaces. Thus creative arts therapy taps into the unconscious realm and uses stories, movement, drama and visual art to access it.
Won’t I be vulnerable?
The beauty of the therapy is that it gives life to various aspects of the self, forbidding interpretation. The therapist in this context is referred to as a facilitator; absolutely free of judgments or analysis which may help pave the way to self-enhancement. This open, safe, confidential space is not to make one feel weak, but to feel secure.
Is it just fun and games?
Drama and movement therapy, although highly liberal and unstructured, is based on a number of theories. Carl Jung’s work on the unconscious, Rudolph Laban's art of movement, Peter Slade's work in children's play and Marian Lindkvist's nonverbal language of movement-with-touch-and-sound, are some of the theoretical frameworks. The sessions are also based on well-planned stages. The nuance, however, is to provide freedom within boundaries and structure within the unstructured. Therefore, the work happens without feeling like its work.
How is it different from other therapies?
Compared to other techniques, movement therapy is less verbal and drama therapy’s verbal content is less direct. Clients will, however, be given the opportunity to speak, though the purpose of speech will be different. After the initial steps of discovering and expressing emotions, familiarizing oneself with the new found emotions follows. Now the individual has the luxury to decide an appropriate method to deal with the emotions, thus leading to a healthier emotional environment. Despite the mysterious connotation, it uses activities which are spontaneous, entertaining and novel. There are still plenty of sessions that may be just about processing and bringing cognitive insight through traditional talk psychotherapy.
Who can engage in it?
Drama and movement therapy is universally applicable. There is no age, gender, race, or social class restriction. It is also not necessary to be an artist to be a consumer. Even those with impaired movement or cognition can benefit from art based therapies. People facing any sort of emotional, mental, psychological or somatic distress ranging from 'high functioning' work or relationship stress to any sort of post traumatic work or even just self exploration is possible under creative arts therapies. Thus, drama and movement therapy can provide an all encompassing and highly enriching experience as it marries us to our primal and instinctual gift of art.