I offer client-centered and trauma-informed creative arts therapy services to clients across the age spectrum.
Art Therapist in Pleasanton, CA
Since 2016 I have gained training and professional experience working with individuals and families living in domestic violence shelters, who have witnessed terrorist events, and within the foster care system. Throughout my time in these settings I have not only benefitted from hands on experience supporting people as they worked through their trauma, but also from on site trainings on the implementation therapeutic techniques that support those impacted by trauma.
Art therapy is highly adaptive and as such lends itself well to enveloping a variety of theoretical practices and approaches. I have taken various workshops and trainings demonstrating the various ways to integrate techniques such as Mindfulness-Based Practices, DBT, and even Trauma-Informed Yoga into my practice as an Art Therapist. I also have had post-graduate training on utilizing creative techniques beyond the visual arts such as Poetry Therapy and Play Therapy techniques.
This is the foundation of my education and experience. I have a Masters Degree from NYU in Art Therapy, and seven years of internship training, post-graduate training and professional experience working as an Art Therapist.
Having specialized training and experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, I am competent in supporting individuals challenged by various levels of anxiety.
Art Therapy is an excellent tool for processing feelings of burnout. When I formerly worked within social service settings, I offered my fellow employees art based workshops to support them in processing their feelings of burnout in the workplace. I continue to offer workshops to institutions with high burnout rates.
As a trauma-informed Art Therapist, I have been trained to take a strengths based approach to my clients. Art Therapy also has a way of inherently allowing clients to feel a sense of accomplishment as the create things are are concrete and meaningful thereby fostering growth of healthy self-esteem.
During my career I have had extensive experience working in social service settings with individuals who have experienced relational trauma and ongoing family conflict. Through the creative process I work with individuals to support them in gaining new perspectives and insights on their relationships and relationship dynamics. Creative process also provides a unique way of exploring new ways of problem solving, processing, and expressing feelings surrounding ones interpersonal life.