Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy is used with people of all ages, in individual or group sessions to assess and treat mental and emotional problems; substance abuse and addictions; family and relationship issues; abuse and domestic violence; social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness; trauma and loss; physical, cognitive and neurological problems; and psycho-social difficulties related to medical illness.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a structured form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the role our thoughts have on how we feel, behave and how effectively we are able to function in our lives.
Dialectical Behavior Informed Therapy
DBT is a very specific form of psycho-social treatment that integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and training in mindfulness skills. It focuses on teaching clients to manage levels of emotional trauma and make sound life decisions. While DBT was originally developed to treat individuals with a specific personality disorder in a highly structured treatment environment where clients participate in weekly intensive individual psychotherapy sessions in addition to attending weekly skill building groups, completing homework logs and assignments. In my practice, I work one on one with clients in a less intensive manner so it is not precisely what the pioneer of this treatment, Marsha Linehan refers to as DBT. For this reason I refer to my work in this area as Dialectical Behavior Informed Therapy. I do teach the same interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, reality acceptance, emotional regulation and mindfulness skills used in DBT and use some of the same training materials.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is comprehensive approach to treatment of trauma that integrates effective elements from several different approaches to psychotherapy. It is a thoroughly researched and well documented evidence based practice. In numerous efficacy studies, positive therapeutic results have been reported in combat veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), persons with panic disorders and generalized anxiety disorder, crime and accident victims, police officers and fire fighters who have experienced disturbance due to the violent nature of their work, survivors of natural and man made disasters, individuals in treatment for chemical dependency and addictions, people with dissociative disorders. It has also been demonstrated to work successfully for people with performance anxiety, social anxiety, migraines, chronic pain and depression.
In EMDR, the therapist works with the client using a form of adaptive information processing therapy in a protocol that involve attending to the memory of a past event and also the present moment while experiencing dual stimulation in the form of bilateral eye movements, sounds or tapping. This allows for the direct reprocessing of memories of disturbing events and leads to the reduction of anxiety related symptoms such as panic attacks, recurrent nightmares, and intrusive memories.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8 week long group program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, It is based on his work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Mindfulness. MBSR teaches non-religious, basic mindfulness meditation techniques to help individuals learn how to draw on their own inner resources to better cope with a variety of life circumstances ranging from the routine stresses of daily life, to anxiety disorders, depression and chronic pain.
Benefits of MBSR include improved mental clarity, insight and perspective, as well as a deeper personal understanding of the interplay of mind and body as it relates to our healing and growth. Class sessions include meditation instruction and guided mindfulness exercises designed to enhance awareness in every day life, a period of gentle stretching and some very basic yoga to improve body awareness, and group discussions. There will be home practice assignments supported by guided mindfulness practice recordings You will be expected to make a commitment to attend all 8 classes including a day long retreat and to practice the daily 45 minute home practice assignments.
Scope of Practice: Upon request, I am happy to provide information about the training I have completed qualifying me to provide these services.