Creative Arts Therapist, LCAT
“Why can’t I be happy?”
No matter what brings you to therapy figuring out how to “be happy” is probably somewhere on the list, whether you believe it is a destination itself or found along the way. We all want to love, be loved, do something meaningful, and have purpose in our lives, yet all too often prior relationships and life experiences have left us with coping skills that are unhealthy, ineffective or just downright baffling. Through the processing of past experiences I help clients make sense of their current behaviors, thoughts, and emotions, enabling them to be more effective in their relationships with others and feel more in control of their lives.
Many adult clients I work with have a history of trauma/abuse in addition to struggles with disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia, BED, compulsive overeating), which they often discover is a way of “coping” with overwhelming thoughts and emotions. Although talk therapy has its role, engaging in art directives often leads to unexpected discoveries as the art making process bypasses many of our brain’s natural defense mechanisms.
I also have extensive experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities pursue meaning and purpose in their lives. Many times this means adapting techniques, tools, and materials to enable clients to engage in creative endeavors as independently as possible. Thus it is through the process of making and sharing artwork that clients are given a voice that otherwise would not be heard.
Skills and Expertise