Talk therapy is a traditional approach to treatment. We all make meaning from our language. Having the chance to talk about all that’s going through our mind and be listened to, really listened to, allows us to process and reorganize our own thinking.
I take a strength-based approach by validating how you have worked to survive all the ups and downs. The goal becomes how to harness these strengths into ways to thrive in your life.
I combine what is known as “Top Down” and “Bottom Up” coping strategies. The Top Down approach explores thinking patterns and core beliefs, seeking to reframe and develop a self compassion. Bottom Up approaches focus on the mind and body connection. This includes learning and more importantly practicing breath work, how movement can release pain (both physical and emotional), and Mindfulness.
Art Therapy provides an opportunity to tap into non-verbal experiences and expression. We store experiences in more than words. Creative outlets tap into the non verbal and becomes an avenue to our internal world and insight.
Many people think of art therapy as interpreting a person’s artwork. While this can be an option, the more important component is in the process. I learned long ago to ask three questions when facilitating a experiential process: “What happened?” “What does that mean to you?” “How does that apply to what is happening in your life?”.
“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”Maya Angelo