It's not easy to ask for help.
Therapy is a relationship and a collaborative process; one that allows you to gain new perspectives in life and helps you move forward.
Whether you've been in therapy before, or this will be your first time; it is important to feel safe and comfortable enough to talk about things that are causing distress to yourself, or to your family. Change happens when there is a mutual connection between us. Are you experiencing life changes, decisions, challenges, trauma, illnesses, or disabilities? Are you looking for a way to cope with anxiety or depression? Do you have nightmares or trouble sleeping? Maybe you have experienced the loss of someone close to you or a job, or a beloved pet. Or you are just plain stressed out. All the time.
Within the therapeutic process, we will build trust through a collaborative relationship. In this process, it is possible to find emotional balance, learn, develop and feel empowered to make choices that will allow you to make satisfying positive changes in your life.
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Art Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist, my focus is on helping you to find emotional outlets, create support systems, and gain insight into what has been creating depression or anxiety or other disorder in your life, or in the life of your teen or pre-teen. I am trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, and will tailor our sessions to meet your individual needs.
I treat individuals and families; teens, transition-age youth (18-24), and adults. My work is informed by attachment-based, family systems, and other psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies. I believe that our previous experiences can affect our current functioning, and maintaining healthy communication in relationships and support systems will reinforce growth and healing..
I also incorporate art making, journaling, mindful awareness, guided imagery, and other creative coping skills designed to empower you beyond the therapy session. No artistic talent is needed to participate in Art Therapy, only a willingness to suspend self-criticism and judgment, and to trust your own intuition.
Whether it's visual media, expressive writing, music, movement or performance - all the arts are able to change our perspectives, moods, relationships and overall health. Through research, psychotherapists, scientists and physicians are working toward broadening awareness of the power of art to discover, explore and share what is most important to us as individuals and ultimately through that process, to heal.
The Foundation For Art & Healing
Dr. Paul Kolker on the power art has had on his medical career and his interactions with patients as a heart surgeon. He also offers his observations of how creative expression helps in the healing process.
Dr. Bruce Moon, ATR-BC, HLM and Priscilla Frank from the Huffington Post examine how art therapy can help adolescents address themes of expression and identity.
Priscilla Frank from the Huffington Post interviews Tracy Councill, MA, ATR-BC about her art therapy work with pediatric cancer patients and their families through the non-profit organization, Tracy’s Kids.