As a registered art therapist, art and creative expression are the most valuable tools for cultivating a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the self. There are endless ways that creativity is woven into therapeutic sessions, depending on a person's interest, desire, and need.
DBT offers many incredible practical daily life tools for managing our minds, our emotions, and our relationships. I am a trained practitioner and have been teaching DBT in group settings and working with individuals for the past five years.
EMDR is a type of trauma-based therapy that focuses on developing safety, reprocessing trauma, and building new neural networks to foster growth and resilience. I have been certified in as an EMDR practitioner and have been utilizing EMDR in sessions for three years, with additional training in internal family systems.
We cannot discuss the need for mental health services without the understanding cultural, systemic, institutionalized oppressive forces that are at the root of our very own issues. Delving into the layers of unsustainability is necessary to learn how to build a foundation for self and identity that is radically different than what has been offered.
The trauma-focused lens is one that provides a radical framework for understanding how our brains protect and serve our pursuit of survival. We are all affected by developmental trauma and it is the key to unlocking what must shift in order to help your brain feel safe and learn to relax.