I support those coping with life stage transitions or stressors through the healing power of an empathic creative process.
Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
Applying art therapy techniques have been clinically proven to reduce the stress hormone cortisol and increase endorphins and feelings of well-being through the use of "active reward activities" in which the mind and body work in tandem on a given task.
We believe life transitions are ripe opportunities for growth and healing with proper guidance and support, despite how stressful and overwhelming they can be in the moment.
We have received advanced post-graduate training from Postpartum Support International and the Seleni Institute to provide perinatal mental health services to those struggling with concerns related to family planning, infertility, pregnancy loss, and Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs.)
Art therapy uses the universal language of art as a compliment to traditional talk therapy to help express and organize emotions that can be difficult to access. We emphasize affective engagement with the creative process over the production of a specific work of art, and offer a non-judgmental, supportive environment in which to talk and create.
Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession combining psychological theory, counseling approaches, and artmaking to provide a safe place to heal within the context of a therapeutic relationship. For those who are “talked out” from traditional psychotherapy approaches, or maybe less prone to expressing themselves verbally, art therapy can feel like a less threatening way of accessing difficult material at one’s own pace.
I believe that our earliest relationships with our caregivers and family of origin influence our attachment patterns in adulthood, especially if there are areas that need repair. A positive therapeutic relationship can provide a transformative, reparative effect to earlier trauma or loss through the creation of a safe space to process and gain insight into earlier experiences.
An attitude of mindfulness in daily perspective, communication patterns, or artmaking can help one stay present in the here and now, fully aware of their environment and sensory experience of their surroundings, and oriented toward simple pleasures and areas of gratitude as opposed to negative thought loops focused on past regrets or future "what ifs."
I believe one's earliest family relationships can play out in later life contexts, especially if there are areas in need of repair or resolution. A positive therapeutic relationship where one feels safe to explore different aspects of themselves can help to rebuild previous attachment styles and pave the way for healthier interpersonal communication styles.