and art therapy for self-acceptance and creative transformation
In a world where advertising and
social pressures teach us to accept no less than perfection,
criticism of our bodies comes from within and without.
We may become our worst critics and grow to mistrust,
hate or attack our bodies in a symbolic process that I
call shapegoating. In body image therapy, the goal is
to restore a whole "bodyself" by developing
a more nurturing and accepting relationship with the body
and an authentic voice of self-confidence.
and disrupted attachment impact
neurological development, altering the processing and
integration of emotions, memories and experiences. Trauma
therapy seeks to improve self-acceptance, practical
coping skills, and emotional and mental flexibility.
It may include cognitive behavioral, educational and
expressive art interventions. Current research in art
therapy suggests that visual,
tactile, and symbolic art processes help stimulate and
restore neurological pathways, leading to improved memory
and cognitive abilities, control of impulses, and expression
transitions, careers and aging:
address these issues from a supportive and creative problem-solving
perspective to empower you to find your way, embrace change,
cope with loss and bereavement, and adjust to the physical
and emotional challenges of aging. I provide supportive
and educational counseling for aging families and family
caregivers, and have worked as a caregiver support group
facilitator through the Oregon Alzheimer's Association.
relaxed and client-centered. Therapeutic goals and treatment
interventions are developed collaboratively and progress
is discussed transparently and openly. It is my approach
to nurture your awareness of an ability to cope with
stresses, manage personal boundaries and speak up with
confidence in making decisions regarding comfortable
levels of interdependence with others. If art therapy
is part of your treatment, I will provide space and
materials for self-exploration and self-expression in
visual language with or without words. It is not necessary
to be an artist or to have had prior experience with
art to benefit from art therapy. Art therapy stimulates
neurological processes and increases creativity and
autonomy, making physical and emotional change possible.
My approach to therapy and
supervision is mainly informed by psychodynamic psychotherapy
and trauma theory, however I welcome your approach(es) and
will work collaboratively to support you in developing the
style that most fits your professional identity and goals.
I provide clinical supervision for clinicians seeking Oregon
LPC licensure, art therapists seeking ATR-BC credentials,
and consultation for licensed professionals. Scheduling
of supervision is flexible, including weekend hours.
schedule call 503
317-2245 or email email@example.com
Daytime and evening appointments