assorted type painting brush set

My therapy work is going full steam. It is my absolute pleasure to work with creatives around issues of anxiety, burnout, depression, creative block, and more.

However, it has been a couple of months since I posted an article here. Full disclosure:


    1. My husband and I are in the middle of moving. We sold our house and we are in a rental until our new house built.

    1. I took a two-week vacation. It was a blast, and I fully recommend that you disengage from your work to recharge a couple of times a year.

    1. And now, it’s the holiday season! (Also, have I mentioned that I can be a slack-ass sometimes?)

My current “art studio” is the dining room in our rental unit. If I don’t keep up my creative endeavors, other parts of my life will suffer. Have you ever felt self-induced creative anxiety to make progress with your art? Whatever “progress” means? That was me for a bit.

So, my solution: these past weeks have been about just having fun in my sketchbook and on smaller pieces of paper and wood. It relieved that sense of pressure I was feeling to make something “good”.

Art supplies in my temporary art studio. Creative anxiety is a normal part of the creative process.


This temporary setup worked fine, but it will be great to have a dedicated art studio in our new house.

On this blog, I do want to show up consistently for you, in particular to write about creative anxiety. I will work on this, my friends.

In the meantime, I have found it easier to create brief content on Instagram. If you are interested in following me there, I’m @drbobbiballard. Please bear with me while I figure out how to do reels. 🙂

Happy holidays and keep creating!

If you want support coping with anxiety, depression, or burnout, feel free to reach out to me for help.

It is rewarding for me to work with creatives and artists who are coping with anxiety, burnout, depression, and creative block. Therapy really helps! If I’m not the right fit for you as a therapist, I can help you find someone who is.

If it’s not the right time for therapy for you, but you’d like some help around anxiety and art, I have a free resource available: “Anxious Artist’s 1-Minute Mindset Shift” gives you an easy and effective strategy to shift out of anxious or overwhelmed thinking, and reconnect with your creativity. You can download it here.

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