The familiar link between mental health and creativity is discussed in an article by Julian Barnes in the London Review of Books.
Psychotherapy is increasingly available in different forms. Traditional face-to-face work now stands alongside Skype and telephone counselling. A qualified psychotherapist can make all of these work, but what might the benefits be of working with a psychotherapist in the same room?
I came across the writing of the painter Agnes Martin when I was an art student 25 years ago; and remember how captivated I was by her strange meditative phrases leading my mind away from meaning and towards something more feelable. I was in the presence of someone who had realised something hidden about being human that I had not yet found. I remember how spacious her words felt to me, as if I was breathing clean air again after being stuck in a claustrophobic room.