Our Areas of Speciality
Women in Transition
Life Transitions come with many challenges that we help women cope with. Common issues include Career choice/change, Adjustment to relocation, Grief, Divorce, Marital problems, Parenting challenges, Abuse, Relationship issues, Addiction.
Living longer is a blessing and as the life expectancy rate rises many parents are living to advanced ages. In addition, many children with disabilities are living at home and are dependent upon family members to care for their most basic needs. Caregivers often live lives filled with stress, feeling torn between their loved one and the other aspects of their own lives and relationships. We use Art Therapy to help the caregiver lower their anxiety levels and help them to identify their own needs and find ways to address them that is not at the expense of their loved one’s needs.
Coping with illness or disability
Chronic illness and disability take a huge toll on mood and ability to function physically and emotionally. We help individuals cope with negative feelings and let go of excess stress that makes life even more difficult. We work with people suffering from cancer, Lyme disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis, celiac, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, amputees, and diabetes.
Millions of people in the United States suffer from clinical and milder forms of depression. Art therapy is an effective tool to help women who suffer from depression to identify triggers and feelings that make it worse and help form better habits and coping mechanisms.
Anxiety and Stress
Most of the modern world deals with a certain amount of anxiety and stress. When stress begins to interfere with daily functioning and fulfillment, art therapy combined with guided imagery and meditation can truly help.
There are so many forms of mental illness and Art Therapy can be helpful to those suffering from many of the following types:
- Dementia/traumatic brain injury
- Eating disorders/poor relationship with food/control issues
- Abuse/sexual abuse/ financial abuse/ technology abuse
- Adjustment Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Clinical Depression
Mindfulness practices include developing awareness, attention, and recall. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy.
Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development by looking at experiences from childhood to see how events have affected one’s life or might contribute to current concerns. It is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the issues being explored.
Psychodynamic Art Therapy
Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. Our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good.
In art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.