I am a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist here to support your healing and co-create a new or different reality.
Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
We live and move through the world with our whole bodies. How much time or attention do we give to these experiences? How much and what do we hold that we remain unaware of, that we can slow down and attend to? By intentionally attuning to our bodily experiences, and responding to our senses, we can engage the fullness of each moment and find presence within it. Through attention to a single heartbeat, we discover life.
When we open ourselves up to creation, we awaken buried or forgotten parts of ourselves. Engaging in creative action or activity such as drama, music, movement, art, or poetry, gives life to our fuller beings. What was silenced, we give voice or sound; what was stuck, we give movement or shake; what was invisible, we give sight or form. Playing with these mediums alongside psychotherapeutic processes can hasten our healing and recovery by forming new possibilities.
When we experience trauma, part of us becomes stuck in that experience, on a cellular, sometimes unconscious level. We may block out the experience to protect ourselves from reliving it, until the memory of it reveals itself in harmful and unexpected ways. The effects of trauma, if unaddressed, can be stagnating. We can begin to feel trapped in that time and place, or in certain behaviors and psychological patterns. We can work together and find safety, relief, and restoration.
Depression is all encompassing - it clouds our thoughts, feelings, desires, appetites, interests. It can creep up on us like a shadow, or descend on us like a storm. It can also be monitored and addressed like the weather, and we can find ways to protect and recover you when the darkness falls. I am here to support you when you feel most alone, most hopeless, most destitute. Together, we can trace the darkness and find the light.
Whether we develop secure/insecure attachments to caregivers in our earliest developmental stages, or our relationships are interrupted by trauma/neglect/abandonment/loss at any age, influences how we form relationships with others and experience our relationship to ourselves. Through a relational approach, we will explore your attachment needs and anxieties, and develop understanding of your trust, doubts, and reliance on yourself versus others.
Anxiety is a natural human response to change. Recognizing when we feel heightened states of anxiety on somatic (bodily) levels, and how this affects our emotional/cognitive response, can reduce our tension and stress in the situation. I utilize body-based practices and mind-body integration techniques to encourage attunement to our physiological responses and improve our ability to manage in stressful or uncontrollable situations.