Offering integrative expressive arts therapy to multi-heritage individuals and couples
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
A foundation of mindfulness helps: - develop deeper awareness of what is happening - cultivate a level of acceptance of whatever is going on and ultimately - lead to greater congruence between thoughts, feelings, and actions- authenticity
Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) is an effective and powerful way of working that is different from traditional talk therapy. While talking is a part of the process and how we make meaning of our world, there are often things that we don't have words for. Using visual art, movement, and creative writing, we access our -physical -mental & -emotional levels of awareness and can gain insight into how we have been stuck in certain patterns of understanding and relating to ourselves and others.
My work is grounded in attachment theory- meaning that our primary relationships with our caregivers lays the foundation or "template" for how we: - understand ourselves - understand the world - experience ourselves in relationship to other people
Working together and using expressive arts, clients can find relief from anxiety symptoms including racing thoughts, mental rumination, feeling "out of body" or disconnected, as well as body issues such as headaches, stomaches, digestive issues, and sleeplessness.
For the past 15+ years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families that have experienced trauma. This includes attachment trauma such as early physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, as well as those experiencing complex trauma. Expressive arts therapy is an effective tool to work through the physical, mental, and emotional effects of trauma including flashbacks, memories, and re-experiencing traumatic events in daily life.
For the past 15+ years I have worked with individuals, couples, and families that have experienced trauma. This includes attachment trauma such as early physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, as well as those experiencing complex trauma.
I work with people who are struggling with racial, ethnic, and cultural identity. This includes multi-racial,multi-ethnic and multi-cultural individuals, and couples in mixed racial or ethnic/cultural partnerships. As well as first generation immigrants and the children of immigrants. I also work with folks who are struggling with their identity at the intersection of their sexuality, gender, spirituality, and dis/ability status.