Making the simple awesomely simple—that's creativity. Charles Mingus
My goal as your creative coach is to bolster your natural intuition, empowering you to solve your own problems.
In creative coaching, we engage with the present and the future to meet your creative goals. In contrast, psychotherapy often focuses on healing the past.
Like theater artist Jerzy Grotowski, who worked with actors in a method called “via negativa,” we’ll activate your creativity by eradicating blocks.
On deadline yet find yourself rearranging your sock drawer once again? We’ll work together to defeat procrastination and get you back on track.
Creativity is a psychologically sensitive experience powered by curiosity. To nurture that curiosity, we’ll visualize the impossible or practice mindful meditation, all within the context of tender encouragement and in the service of following your creative true north.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
Because the creative process is nonlinear, structure and organization are our friends. A little scaffolding can go a long way. We’ll learn about how and when you work best, then strategize to make the most of your peaks and valleys.
If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise: whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. Hilary Mantel
Andrea Clark is a brilliant midwife of the inner life. I have no idea how she manages to be both so accepting and so incisive at the same time, but she does, and it works magic. Creative people should count themselves lucky indeed to be working with her!
Working with Andrea has reinforced both my confidence and my commitment, inspiring me to take my work as seriously as it deserves to be taken. It’s like having a guardian angel – one who runs a frighteningly effective boot camp fueled by ass-kicking compassion.
Andrea brings the perfect blend of kindness, honesty, skill, and insight. My work with Andrea helped me move past my roadblocks to finally finish a book proposal that I'd been struggling with for months!
Andrea Clark is a truly excellent coach. She’s passionate about helping me while acting as an impartial and wise ally. She helps me get clearer about which work to prioritize and what I want to get out of the work and the process. She’s also great with in-person feedback. I know she cares deeply about what she’s doing, constantly striving to learn new things. She’s also just a great person.
Working with Andrea has been invaluable to me as a freelance artist. She has helped me better organize my time, understand my creative process more fully, and set realistic short-term and long-term goals. Andrea is a great coach because she is able to combine a high level of practicality with knowledge of and respect for the creative process. I could not recommend her more highly!
Andrea's coaching gave me the confidence to take myself seriously as a writer. Her expertise and practical tips were exactly what I needed to move forward with my manuscript. She saw patterns and strengths in my artistic process that I couldn't see, and she was a kind and smart listening ear. I am grateful to have met her!
Sessions with Andrea provide me a time to articulate my commitment to my craft while receiving support when I need help clarifying my goals. Andrea’s approach has helped me integrate my creative process into the rest of my life more effectively, so I can spend as much time as possible doing what I love!
In the past four months, I've made significant progress toward my personal goals, largely because of Andrea's guidance in our biweekly coaching sessions. Andrea has helped me focus and move beyond perceived barriers, by helping me set attainable short-term deadlines, by holding me accountable for actions that I commit to, and by providing useful suggestions and positive support and encouragement. Thank you, Andrea!
Andrea is a terrific coach. Her guidance and insight helped me gain valuable perspective on the next steps in my career. The framework allowed me to make an impactful decision that yielded a promotion and great things to come. I'd recommend Andrea to anyone who wants to elevate their game!
I've been contemplating a job change and was lucky enough to have Andrea's help in clarifying and articulating my goals as I began my search. Knowing what you really want sounds simple until you start to really delve into it. Andrea provided a cogent framework for thinking through and prioritizing my objectives, from financial to life balance to work environment. Through our conversation, she helped me uncover priorities I didn't even know I had and question assumptions I'd made. I left our sessions with a firm grip on my real goals and an ability to prioritize and pursue employment that will meet all my needs.
In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book. Junot Diaz
It always seems impossible until it's done. Nelson Mandela