Amanda Shaw MA, LMHC, ATR is a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Florida and a registered art therapist through the ATCB.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in St. Petersburg, FL
Depression can take over the day, leaving you feeling defeated, numb and at a loss of words. I am here to help. Often times, we may identify patterns, coping strategies and personal strengths that influence your world using the creative process. Once the art making has taken place, you may be encouraged to discuss what your experience was like or something that you noticed in the art. By bringing awareness to your past and present experiences, you can begin to explore how to make life changes.
Like any therapy, art therapy provides an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space that promotes trust and safety. An essential component in therapy is your relationship with the therapist. Therapy requires vulnerability and the trust you develop with your therapist will help you feel safe.
Life transitions can be many things including death of a loved one, birth to a new baby, moving to a new town, starting or ending a job and even starting or ending a marriage. We all experience life transitions across our lifetime, however sometimes these transitions hit harder than we expected. Do you feel uncertain, confused or lost during this new chapter in your life? You don't have to go at it alone. Seek professional help to learn new ways to cope with this change.
Substance abuse, addiction and other drug dependence may be symptoms of a greater problem. Do you have unresolved issues from the past? Let's work together and work through. Like any therapy, art therapy provides an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a space that promotes trust and safety. An essential component in therapy is your relationship with the therapist. Therapy requires vulnerability and the trust you develop with your therapist will help you feel safe.
Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems while working on therapeutic treatment.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is a psycho-social intervention that aims to reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, primarily depression and anxiety disorders.
Trauma therapy is a type of therapy that can help you deal with the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of trauma. Art Therapy is a great tool for anyone who has experienced trauma because it allows us to overcome verbal blocks we might struggle with when processing trauma in regular talk therapy.
Ever feel like your chest is pounding, palms are sweaty and you're uncertain of what to say - how to act - or the next step you should take? You may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety. For some, an anxiety attack creeps up out of no where and takes over our ability to self-regulate. We feel embarrassed, and ashamed. You are not alone. Good news, there are therapeutic tools to help you get through these issues. Let's work together and get you feeling like yourself again. You'll be glad you did!