At times words fail to convey our deep thoughts and feelings, making it difficult to express ourselves. Art therapy grants us the opportunity to reveal, heal and transform. The art therapy process can elicit both the release and holding/containing of that which needs attention and care. Through the creative act, images can lend way to deeper understanding and bring new insights and perspectives. Art making can help us imagine new possibilities, bring awareness to patterns and develop alternative approaches to life's challenges.
There are no prerequisites or art skills needed to benefit from art therapy. Various approaches are used and tailored to meet individual needs and issues, as well as backgrounds and comfort levels. Options may include art prompts, setting intentions as well as experimentation and play. I work collaboratively with you to make connections and deepen understanding of yourself, your process and your unique art making approach and style.
I believe Psychotherapist DW Winnicott is right, "It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found." It’s comfortable and nice to hide in the shadows, conceal our deep feelings and say ‘all is fine’. Doing this too much, however, can leave us isolated and disconnected from ourselves, our relationships and a collective whole.
Through in person or telehealth sessions, I offer talk therapy to help individuals process/reprocess difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences with a non-judgmental, supportive and collaborative approach. As appropriate or deemed beneficial, I utilize DBT, CBT, IFS parts work, Mindfulness practices and EMDR to aid in this process. Please see descriptions below.
EMDR helps individuals heal from the symptoms and emotional distress of unprocessed trauma and disturbing life experiences.
When left unmanaged, unresolved traumas can cause one to feel out of control of one's emotional states and reactions.
The aim of EMDR is to regain a sense of control. The repeated redirection of attention caused by the eye movements used in EMDR therapy creates a neurobiological state making way for traumatic and emotionally charged memories that are held up in our psyche to be processed.
EMDR is a powerful method for gaining a sense of control and empowerment over your life.
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