HOW ART THERAPY CAN HELP
DIRECT INVOLVEMENT IN CREATIVE ACTIVITY HELPS TO GET TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER. BY FOCUSING ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS RATHER THAN THE END PRODUCT, WE ENCOUNTER OUR OWN BLOCKS, MISPERCEPTIONS, AND OBSTACLES THAT PREVENT US FROM MOVING IN THE DIRECTION WE DESIRE.
ART THERAPY PROVIDES A SIMPLE AND INTUITIVE WAY OF BRIDGING WHAT WE THINK AND FEEL WITH OUR ABILITY TO ACT.
BY FOCUSING ON THE PROCESS OF ART WITHIN A THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP, WE CAN LEARN ABOUT OURSELVES WITHOUT JUDGEMENT AND BEGIN TO LEARN SELF-ACCEPTANCE.
ONE DAY WHILE PAINTING IN MY STUDIO, I HAD AN EXPERIENCE OF TIME STOPPING. WITHOUT MY REALIZING IT, THREE HOURS PASSED. THE TIREDNESS I HAD FELT BEFORE PAINTING WAS GONE AND I FELT CLEAR AND INVIGORATED. I REALIZED THAT SOMETHING PROFOUND HAD TAKEN PLACE.
I CHANGED MY MAJOR FROM FINE ARTS TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, EAGER TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE STATE OF FLOW AND CREATIVITY.
TWENTY YEARS AFTER OBTAINING MY BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY, I RETURNED TO COMPLETE MY MASTER’S DEGREE IN ART THERAPY AT NYU.
I SPENT 12 YEARS WORKING WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN A MEDICAL HOSPITAL WHILE CONTINUING MY POST-GRADUATE STUDIES.
MY INTERESTS INCLUDE SENSORIMOTOR PSYCHOTHERAPY, INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS, AEDP, EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES, MINDFULNESS MEDITATION, YOGA, SANDTRAY THERAPY AND ART THERAPY.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A SESSION?
A FIRST MEETING ESTABLISHES WHAT YOU ARE SEEKING FROM THERAPY AND ASSESSES YOUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH TRADITIONAL AND CREATIVE APPROACHES.
WE USUALLY BEGIN WITH A BRIEF SOMATIC EXERCISE, INCORPORATING A BODY-MIND CONNECTION AND ALLOWING THE BREATH TO PROVIDE GROUNDING
TYPICALLY, YOU WILL BE OFFERED SOME ART MATERIALS FOR A BRIEF ACTIVITY
BRING ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE
TOGETHER WE WILL BEGIN TO ESTABLISH OUR WORKING RELATIONSHIP, BECAUSE ALL HEALING TAKES PLACE IN RELATIONSHIP.
My twelve years as an Art Therapist at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore shaped my identity as a therapist. My education gave me a strong theoretical background and my post-graduate trainings have allowed me to focus in on the areas that intrigue and inform my practice. At the same time, I continue my own practices of self-care including meditation and painting, and visiting places that allow me to keep a perspective on priorities.
Direct engagement in creative arts therapy helps to develop new perspectives, helps us to know and accept the many parts of ourselves, and can help us get through challenging times. Mindfulness and creative practice can bring a sense of calm and control which is always a good place to start.
There are many reasons to delve into Art Therapy. Creative blocks, feelings of disconnection, desire for more authenticity and greater access to emotion. Through our own creations, we have a new and fresh way to tell our stories and understand our relationships.
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