2019 brings new opportunities
Staying inspired is crucial in order to best serve my patients. Learning is an ongoing process and is one of the reasons I first decided to become an Art Therapist. There will always be more to learn.
During 2018, I participated in several trainings that inspired me. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute reinforced the idea that we can learn to monitor our thoughts rather than reacting to them in the moment. I attended the Internal Family Systems conference in Providence, RI with Richard Schwartz, the founder of IFS. The motto of IFS is “All parts welcome,” intending that each individual has traits and attributes that may be strengths or challenges, and we can learn to accept and welcome each part of ourselves as having a purpose. For the tenth consecutive year, I attended the NY Expressive Therapies Summit. I just finished supervising my tenth graduate student through her final year of internship, which is another aspect of my work that I enjoy.
I recently completed the Kint Institute’s Trauma and Creative Arts Therapy training program. This program focused on Polyvagal Theory, working with the body through Dance Movement Therapy, working with the voice and applications of Music Therapy, understanding the impact of gender and race, memory and brain research. With the help of this training, I am incorporating more intermodal techniques of what works best in helping patients with a history of trauma or who are currently living through difficult times. Additionally, I will be continuing my trauma studies with Janina Fischer who is an expert in this field, this summer at The Cape Cod Institute.
I am thrilled to announce that I am now a SoulCollage® Facilitator. This powerful technique gives everyone access to their innate creativity and provides a pathway toward self-knowledge. I plan to incorporate this fun and intuitive practice into workshops and individual sessions this Fall in New York City.
As an Art Therapist, I encourage direct engagement in the creative arts to develop new perspectives, to know and accept the many parts of ourselves, to help get through challenging times. Engaging in mindfulness and creative practice can bring a sense of calm and control which is always a good place to start.