clinical art therapy
I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. Clinical Art Therapy is an approach that weds traditional psychotherapy methods with art-making that helps people communicate in a nonverbal way. Art-making can aid in expression of feelings when words aren't enough and is a great approach for people who might consider themselves a little bit shy. Even with limited verbalization, in my clinical experience, symptoms can be reduced and overall wellness improved through the use of clinical art therapy.
It is not focused on making "good art", but rather, on helping you reach your goals for therapy. I hold a Bachelor's in Art and Design, so I really value art and provide my clients with a variety of high-quality materials to explore. Art approaches I often use with clients include painting, drawing, sculpting with clay, collage, creating comic books. I shape my sessions to uniquely fit the needs and interests of each client.
I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an evidence-based treatment that helps people heal from the effects of traumatic experiences. It is based on the adaptive information processing model (AIP) which suggests that the cause for distress is the way memories are stored in the brain. EMDR helps memories move from being stored in maladaptive ways to being stored in adaptive ways. Maladaptively stored memories cause physical symptoms, unhelpful behaviors, and overwhelming emotional distress, Adaptively stored memories are the basis for healthy functioning and resilience.
EMDR therapy is now accepted by many psychological and psychiatric associations as the treatment of choice for trauma. In 2013, The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended EMDR therapy as an empirically validated and effective trauma treatment.
Even the most well-meaning parents can sometimes fail to meet our emotional needs for empathy, connection, validation, or acceptance. Some of us even had times where or our needs for physical protection were not met as well. When our childhood needs were not met, it can inhibit our ability to lead full, satisfying lives in adulthood. Chronic feelings of low self-esteem, self-doubt, and unworthiness can be signals that your childhood needs were not effectively met. Difficulties establishing boundaries in relationships as well as getting your needs met now are also signals that this type of therapy could be a good fit for you.
Developmental Needs-Meeting Strategy is a strengths-based ego-state therapy that helps heal childhood wounds, the resulting emotional pain and unwanted behaviors that effect us in the present. It helps us develop and draw upon our own internal resources for nurturing and support in order to heal. Through the needs-meeting process, new, healthier ways of living and viewing oneself can come into fruition.
Prepare-Enrich is an evidence-based assessment tool that helps identify your relationship strengths and growth areas so you can address the important subjects to strengthen your relationship. The assessment celebrates your strengths and builds momentum in the areas for growth. It also primes you to have meaningful conversations as you continue to grow as a couple. The premarital assessment is a great way to prepare for marriage to start your marriage off on the right foot. The marriage assessment is the great way to strengthen and enrich your marriage.
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