Today, on Make Some Noise, we meet Bel Ryan, an Art Therapist with a wealth of experience in supporting youth, cancer patients and patients in palliative care. Bel has a passion for providing innovative workplace wellbeing programs after witnessing burnout and vicarious trauma in her own work.
Today’s discussion is an exploration of the connection between creativity and burnout, and the benefits of art therapy to access and process our internal world.
2:14 Bel shares her passion for art therapy as a tool for exploring what is happening in a person’s world, and her current focus on workplace wellbeing.
7:36 Karly and Bel look at the common threads between those who work themselves to burnout.
10:15 The power of art therapy to allow exploration of the grey space, outside of structure, plans and certainty.
11:55 Karly and Bel riff on the link between losing touch with our creativity and mental health issues.
17:59 The discussion turns to the power of...
After spending thousands on conventional therapy and hitting many road blocks in her own healing journey, Rachel Penn met an art therapist, who turned her life around in just two sessions. Rachel swore to herself that she would follow a similar path once she felt she had healed enough to be of service to others. 5 years later she began her journey into creative therapies.
Rachel felt there was an important piece missing in her training: the incorporation of the body, the nervous system, a sense of hope, connection and the incorporation of a souls mythology. So she went back to study Somatic Experiencing and now specializes in providing this unique creative therapy to people in addiction recovery and torture survivors.
1:20 Rachel shares her story of anxiety and recovery through art therapy.
4:30 Rachel provides an introduction to somatic experiencing.
9:37 Karly shares how leaning into artful expression of her feelings has been helpful.
11:16 Karly and Rachel chat...
Karly speaks with the wildly creative and intelligent Anna Kellerman – educational psychologist, registered art therapist and entrepreneur who is passionate about art, kids, sharing and disrupting mother guilt. The women explore the process and benefits of art therapy for children and inspire you to return to your creative heart to bring more joy into your life.
2:41 Anna shares how she came to specialise in art therapy and provides an outline of her work in this space.
6:48 The potential effects of not externalising anxiety and the role creativity can play in moving things from the inner to the outer.
9:45 Anna places children into two basic categories and shares how she approaches therapy with them.
17:51 Case example – one boy’s journey through art therapy with generalised anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
24:42 The process and flow of art therapy.
28:19 Karly shares her freeing experience of returning to singing.
31:51 Anna provides an insight...
Lilly Wang is a social entrepreneur and mental health advocate who has discovered the magic of moving her body to move her mental state. In this interview with Karly Nimmo, she shares her experiences with grief, depression and anxiety, and lays bare all the tools that have supported her.
2:03 Karly shares the public dancing that brought Lilly into her world and together they discuss the impact that ‘The Artist’s Way’ by Julia Cameron has had on them.
7:32 Lilly delves into her backstory and shares what brought her to Australia and the creation of the Wiggle It project.
14:40 Lilly shares how the death of her father affected her and the support that helped her through.
19:50 Karly gives her take on depression and the suppression that precedes it.
23:26 Shutting down your creativity and finding your way back to authenticity.
27:00 Lilly traces her bouts of depression to the trigger and looks at the different support, treatments and tools she leans into.
Karly brings you this bonus episode sharing more of her own personal journey through depression and anxiety and dives further into what brought her to open up these conversations around creativity and self expression.
For Karly, her chosen vehicle for creative expression, is her voice. And this whole 'speaking up' adventure started where she drops in from today, the beach.
To hear Karly's other podcast, Karlosophies, visit karlynimmo.com
Allison Davies is a brain care specialist, Neurologic Music Therapist, educator, advocate, speaker, mum and wife. Today Allison chats with Karly about her lived experience of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder, and shares tips and tricks for reducing overwhelm and tools for managing anxiety.
Allison was named a 2016 National AMP Tomorrow Maker for her contribution to creating a better tomorrow for Australian families. In 2018 Allison received third place in both the ‘Women Will Change the World’ and ‘Making a Difference’ National AusMumpreneur Awards.
2:04 Karly and Allison agree on the value of sharing lived experiences of mental health challenges.
4:42 Allison uncovers the limitations with the current therapeutic model in which children are helped with their sensory processing disorder. She shares her fresh, educational approach focused on brain care and empowering parents to be the changemakers for their child.
8:01 Allison gets...
Karly chats with Emily Ann Peterson - songwriter, creative consultant, bestselling author of “Bare Naked Bravery” - about the bravery and courage it takes to be your creative self.
3:15 Karly introduces her guest and Emily provides a little background on how she came to write Bare Naked Bravery.
6:50 Emily provides the elements needed for an act of bravery.
9:25 Karly and Emily riff on the relationship between courage and creativity.
15:50 Emily shares how powerful it can be to give yourself permission to make a small change. Karly uncovers the simplicity of being the thing you want to be.
21:55 Karly and Emily chat about where the enjoyment in creativity lies and how expectations can affect it.
25:25 Some common misconceptions about the way engaging in creativity and bravely might look.
30:30 Karly and Emily shed some light on the imperfection and frustration that exist in the natural progression from sucking to skilful.
36:40 A beautiful reframe for those who judge...
After a 10 year journey through the challenges of depression and anxiety, Karly Nimmo (host of the No.1 iTunes hit, Karlosophies) is exploring all things creativity, self expression and mental wellbeing on this brand new podcast, Make Some Noise.
In future episodes, Karly will be chatting with Psychologists, Art and Music Therapists, and people who have experienced mental illness, about the impact of creativity and self expression on mental health and an overall sense of meaning and purpose. But in this episode Karly shares a little of her own story and what brought her to start Make Some Noise.
Head to karlynimmo.com to access Karly's free Find Your Freq audio course.