I help people redefine 'living well' when they're struggling with a combination of food & body image issues, chronic illness and/or ADHD
Creative Art Therapist in Gibbsboro, NJ
I've been working with people who have chronic illness for many years. Therapy focuses on your unique experience and might include exploration of life before & after diagnosis, effects on relationships, interactions with the healthcare system, identity, grief and anger. As a person who's had type 1 diabetes for 45 years, I'm empathetic and sensitive to the nuances of life in a body that doesn't always cooperate, and I can help you move closer to your vision of a good life with chronic illness.
If you're seeking more than "just" talk therapy for recovery from an eating disorder or emotional eating, my approach offers space to explore your relationship with food, underlying reasons for your eating difficulties, and the role your eating thoughts and behaviors play in your life. My specialties are therapy for people with diabulimia and vegan-positive recovery. Having recovered after 18 years with an ED, I understand that recovery is difficult, but it's possible and it's worth it.
My approach to therapy with people who have chronic illness focuses on your unique experience and might include: exploration of life before & after diagnosis, effects on relationships, interactions with the healthcare system, identity, grief, anger, and coping. As a person who's had type 1 diabetes for 45 years, I'm empathetic and sensitive to the nuances of life in a body that doesn't always cooperate, and I can help you move closer to your vision of a good life with chronic illness.
When you're struggling with grief and loss, it's typical to have feelings that are "too big for words." My approach helps people who are "not artists" use art to explore overwhelming feelings. Grief can be messy, even ugly, so our goal isn't necessarily to make "pretty" art (although you could surprise yourself). Instead, we'll use art as an outlet for heartache to ease your burden. My specialty is short-term therapy and art memorial sessions for people with companion animal (pet) grief.
I enjoy working with clients who want to "go deep," who are curious about finding meaning even when some experiences don't have solutions, and who want to become more comfortable in the gray area. Existential therapy can be useful for understanding and accepting life complications, like illness and loss. It's also useful for thinking about the everchanging nature of bodies and relationships.
Feminist therapy's emphasis on relationships and power dynamics is a nuanced, caring and inclusive approach for teens, women, queer and disabled folks. This approach is conducive to examining your sociocultural context, such as the effects of religion and race on your family and community, and how that might inform your struggles and healing process. As a feminist therapist, I emphasize interdependence and the important role connection has in accomplishing your therapy goals.
I help people who don't identify as artists find confidence to visually express themselves and gain insight into the issues that bring them to therapy, especially when "just talking about it" doesn't feel like enough. You might be surprised by your capacity to create meaningful art that reflects your inner world when validated and encouraged. Art therapy can also be fun and boost confidence.
I help people redefine 'living well' when their anxiety stems from a combination of disordered eating, body image distress, chronic illness and/or ADHD. Having one of these is tough, but if you have more than one, managing them is extra difficult, escalating anxiety and hopelessness. Having a brain or body that works differently impacts thoughts and decisions about your body and taking care of it, and together, we'll figure out how to make that work for you so you can reclaim your life.