clinical art therapy
Clinical Art Therapy is an approach that weds traditional psychotherapy methods with art-making that helps you communicate and process in an embodied and
nonverbal way. Art-making can aid in expression of feelings when words aren't enough and is a great approach for you if you consider yourself quiet or creative. Even with limited words spoken, symptoms can be reduced and overall wellness improved through the use of clinical art therapy.
I provide my clients with a variety of high-quality materials as an avenue for self-exploration and growth. Art approaches I often use with clients include painting, drawing, sculpting with clay, collage, poetry, and creating comic books. I shape my sessions to uniquely fit the needs, strengths, & interests of each client. I am a registered Art Therapist (ATR) through the American Art Therapy Association which requires a masters level degree and 1,000 supervised direct client hours post graduation.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is 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 and body. EMDR helps memories move from being stored in painful (maladaptive) ways to being stored in healthy (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. I often combine art therapy and EMDR with clients who are interested in using this approach.
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. I am trained through the EMDR International Association.
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.
Mindful self-compassion is "holding our pain with love" in the words of Kristin Neff. When we learn to treat ourselves with lovingkindness and compassion, it deepens our ability to meet our own emotional needs for love and comfort. We can self-soothe through meditative practices filled with tender love for ourselves and the world around us. Developing mindful self-compassion can help us learn to be more present with ourselves and our own pain. When we learn to offer ourselves mindful self-compassion, we can prevent burnout and can have more patience and compassion for the people in our lives that we are in relationship with. It can also help us heal our inner dialogue from self-criticism to self-acceptance.
I often integrate mindfulness practices like breath-work, lovingkindness meditations, and grounding visualizations into my work with clients. It is helpful for anxiety and can help us feel more grounded, calm, and secure. I have found mindful self-compassion to be a powerful resource in my own life and the lives of my clients.
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.
Prepare-Enrich also provides a comprehensive view of your relationship so that we can focus our time working together on what you need. This assessment is meant to help you gain insight about your relationship so you can grow together and build a more mutually-satisfying relationship. I will provide you with skill-building exercises to strengthen skills like active listening and assertive communication.