My work in creativity is a combination of influences from my studies and work in the field of clinical psychology, creative therapies, and from my many years as a performer, drama therapist and teaching artist. After acting on camera, on stage, and behind the microphone, I began to study the application of creative arts as a powerful method for healing and personal evolution for every stage of life.
Inspired by the power of combining creative arts and healing, I obtained my doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2014, and registration in drama therapy in 2016.
Diving deeper into the study of personal story work I completed the facilitator training in Guided Autobiography with The Birren Institute for Autobiographical Studies. Trained as a Story Coach via The Global School of Story taught by accomplished story coach Tanya Taylor Rubinstein, I continue to Incorporate story work not only for meaningful life review, but also combining stories with ritual and/or performance for personal and professional growth and evolution.
My love of poetry both spoken word and more traditional forms led me to continue to study through a mentor with The National Association of Poetry Therapy, an organization which promotes the healing power of the poetic word, along with symbol and story to inspire, heal and transform individuals and communities.
I work with persons interested in personal and professional growth through individual creative coaching sessions via zoom, skype, phone or in person creative workshops in my office in Santa Monica.
In creative coaching work I aim to support clients in overcoming barriers in communication, creativity, and performance while maximizing personal strengths and cultivating productivity.
In creative performance workshops I utilize acting, writing, and creative processes as a means of exploring various aspects of identity, uncovering and surmounting barriers to creativity and personal growth, and supporting confident, self-expression through the creative development and performance of personally generated material.
CYNTHIA HOLLOWAY KELVIN, PSY.D., RDT
The Evolving stage
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time" -Thomas Merton