I have a transparent, empathetic, down to earth approach incorporating humor, creativity, compassion, and unconditional positive regard within the therapeutic relationship. It is my belief that compassionate self-acceptance is the doorway to healing, transformation, and self- empowerment. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to the work being explored. When getting to know each other, we will decide together what kind of modalities and interventions will be most helpful to you.
I specialize in incorporating Art Therapy into my practice when it makes sense for clients.
Art therapy is form of psychotherapy and integrative mental health provided by a master’s level clinician with a focus in art therapy. As defined by the American Art Therapy Association, “Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”
In an art therapy session, you may: be asked to visualize your feelings surrounding an issue, explore particular themes, boundaries, coping skills, uncover thoughts and emotions, address areas of change or life challenges. Other times, specific themes in your art arise and will then be explored more in-depth with guidance from the art therapist. You choose a media which suits you and your feelings the most. There are many kinds of art materials available to use, such as: paints, pastels, pencils, markers, papers, collage, clay, found objects, and fabric.
Art therapy is for everyone, children, adults, families, groups and communities. Based on your unique individual needs, if we determine art therapy is a good course to take, then we will incorporate it as much or as little as you desire. Many children and adult clients have found that the act of making art is a huge stress relief. Sometimes we make crafts, sometimes we do art directives or learn new art techniques, and sometimes we may just color or doodle.