Why chose Art Therapy?
Our life experiences are multidimensional and Art Therapy as a method of counseling effectively reflects this. Art engages multiple senses to provide a dynamic way to address the same concerns brought up in talk therapy. While talk therapy accesses the linguistic part of the brain, ArtTherapy provides fuller access to the visual parts of our brain which specialize in storing visual and sensory memories, emotions, and trauma. Engaging these visual parts in counseling provides a direct pathway to experiences we may not have had all the words for. From children to adults, many find that Art Therapy provides them with ease in self-expression, empowerment, and a catalyst for deeper healing.
What can I expect in the first appointment?
I’m interested in knowing more about what brings you to counseling. Together we’ll review your intake paperwork and begin to create goals and a treatment plan that works for you. If your child is the client, we will meet together in the first appointment and review the intake paperwork and goals for therapy. It is important that children feel comfortable in the office – it can feel scary going to counseling for the first time! I find that many are pleasantly surprised to be welcomed with art materials and put at ease by the hands-on nature of the office. Typically the second appointment will be a more in-depth parent-only appointment to discuss presenting concerns, review family history, and answer any additional questions that you may have.
What will a typical appointment look like?
My goal is to work with you to create a therapy experience that is comforting and supportive while introducing you to new materials or methods that may help bring about change and new insights. Each person will find a certain modality or art material most helpful and this can change with each session. It can feel overwhelming to jump into something new that you’ve never done before. Your therapy session is your time, so there is no requirement to do anything you don’t want todo. I’ll work with you to find a balance between counseling and art in a way that is both empowering and healing.
Do I have to be artistic?
No artistic ability is needed to participate or benefit from Art Therapy. The focus of an art therapy session is not about creating a masterpiece or even necessarily a final product to put on display. It’s about using your unique self-expression, no matter what that looks like, to create change while having fun along the way! Many of my clients come with an interest in art therapy but worry about “not knowing how to create”. As an art therapist, I’m trained to give you the tools and guidance needed.
If my child is receiving counseling, do I have to attend sessions?
If your child or teen is the client, you as the parent will still play a role in therapy, both being part of the session at times and meeting individually with me. You may also be invited to participate in parent-child therapy
sessions depending on goals and assessment of what may be most beneficial for your child.
What ages do you work with?
I specialize in working with children aged 7 and older, teens, and adults.