Is Therapy Creative?

Erving Polster on Rethinking the Concept of Creativity

When something is described as being “creative,” most of us instinctively think of the arts: a painting, a novel, a piece of music, or some sort of performance. But the arts don’t hold a monopoly on creativity—in fact, there’s plenty of opportunity to bring it into the world of psychotherapy.

Just ask Erving Polster. With over six decades of clinical experience, he is one of psychotherapy’s new masters. In a this interview when we asked him what creativity in psychotherapy meant to him, he replied that it simply means that “you make something new happen.”

Watch this clip to hear him talk about the concept of creativity how he sees it and how it is applied to the work we do with our clients.



Rich Simon

Richard Simon, PhD, founded Psychotherapy Networker and served as the editor for more than 40 years. He received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award. Rich passed away November 2020, and we honor his memory and contributions to the field every day.