Expressive Art Therapy
Expressive arts therapy, based on the idea that creative acts can be healing, is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of communication. Generally employing multiple types of art in an integrated way (such as imagery, storytelling, drawing, dance, prose, painting, sculpture etc.), expressive arts therapy emphasizes the process of making art rather than the final product. Therapists practicing expressive arts therapy foster a supportive and empathetic relationship with their clients and help them to explore their creativity for its own sake and as a way to nurture personal growth.
Local Experts in Expressive Art Therapy
Many times clients are able to expressive themselves more when able to do it in a different way other than words. I like to work with my client to see what works for them and help them to better express themselves.
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the words that express your feelings, and often clients have suffered childhood and adult traumas. Having other ways to express feelings can help ease the pain and discomfort and give it an outlet. I provide my clients with an array of creative mediums and materials to facilitate this process.
I have training in using creative and playful expressive techniques to help clients gain mindfulness, insight and a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them.
With children, primarily, we will utilize creative modalities that the particular children feels most comfortable using when exploring and working to resolve issues that impact them.
When working with children and adolescents, I sometimes incorporate sandtray or art therapies to allow them to express themselves without words.
I wrote my Master\'s Thesis on songwriting, psychic healing, and Carl Jung\'s theory of \'active imagination\'. I have worked professionally as an illustrator, woodworker, and currently work as singer/songwriter.
\'To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.\' ~Pema Chödrön\nCreative therapies facilitate therapeutic change and healing. Through the use of creative therapies, it allows a pathway toward deeper expression and experiencing of the senses, emotions and thoughts, leading the way to meaning-making, understanding and feeling better.
I have extensive experience integrating art, movement, writing, sandtray, theatre, and music into my work. I have degrees in theater and music in addition to counseling.
Sometimes talk therapy can be a bit overwhelming for children and teens. By using something outside of themselves to talk for them, kids and teens are able to express parts of themselves that are often difficult to verbalize. When using objects and images to work though life challenges and changes, it can help them find meaning, clarity, and healing through their own unique process.
The Expressive Arts includes the use of visual media, movement, music, and writing/journaling for growth and healing purposes; it's about the process and not the product. Engaging in the expressive arts may be a powerful tool to effect change and bring an increased sense of self-awareness and insight along with healing wounded parts of the soul.
Whether I am using play therapy with a child, sand tray or collaging with an adult, I understand the tremendous value in helping people give voice to their struggles outside of the spoken word. I help people connect with their inner selves and the challenges in their lives by encouraging access to parts of ourselves that cannot be communicated through verbal conversation.
Certified in persn centered multi modal expressive arts therapy.
As a Jungian Analyst, I have deep training enabling me to work with the unconscious contents of my clients via their dreams, creative images, active imagination, even neurotic outbursts. Drawing, painting, writing, or expressing these images helps us understand their symbolic meaning and helps you to more deeply understand yourself. I encourage people who wish to work in this way to contact me.
I was trained in expressive arts through my graduate program and enjoy using drawing, painting, sand tray, play therapy, and drama therapy to help support your growth. Let me know what your interests are and we\'ll find a way to incorporate it into your treatment plan!
I know, I know, you\'re not creative. Cool. Using art in therapy isn\'t about what you make, it\'s about how you make it and how the process makes you feel. So much of what\'s going on inside you doesn\'t match up with words and so \'talk therapy\' isn\'t going to cut it. With art, you can learn to regulate your emotions and dive deeper into issues than you ever could with words.
My training in Expressive Art Therapy supports your exploration of challenges and dreams with images, clay, sandtray, poetry, or movement. As a SoulCollage® facilitator, I offer groups and workshops at PCC, New Renaissance, and in private sessions. You are welcome to bring in your creative interests, and we will integrate creative expression into your process of self-exploration and change.