The Non-directive Creative Approach (ANDCMD) is a humanist based approach created by Colette Portelance to accompany and support in times of need. Empathy and compassion are the key values used to support clients going through unsatisfactory relationship within oneself or with others. The therapist’s non-directive and non-judgemental support allows for the discovery of sensitive areas and their acceptance as part of oneself to help alleviate the burden or the pain they create.
Learning to recognize the emotions and patterns that keep us in unsatisfactory relationships can allow us to take back control over our lives. This can influence our lives in unconscious ways and become important cues once brought to rational consciousness. When taking responsibility of our feelings and emotions, we give ourselves a chance to be free to be who we are, thus allowing self-love and recognizing love from others for who we are. Learning empathy for ourselves often translates into increased empathy for others therefore enhancing meaningful relationships.