Art Therapy integrates the creative processes into the therapeutic relationship. It can be useful in exploring difficult emotions, coping with life transitions, reducing anxiety, increasing self-esteem and building resiliency. Making art in therapy can be a powerful way to achieve personal insight as well as promote emotional healing. Art Therapy helps people of all ages explore life’s problems through a different lens.
“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Play therapy is a way of being with the individual that honors their unique development and personality. It’s a therapeutic approach that communicates and helps through the language of the child. This not only builds a strong therapeutic alliance, but can help people of all ages express their thoughts, feelings and concerns more freely. Play therapy has been shown to be effective for a variety of childhood concerns, but also can be a useful tool for exploring life’s problems for teens and adults.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children, play is serious learning.”
-Mr. Fred. Rogers
Family Therapy allows family members an opportunity to explore and practice new ways of responding to problems within the home. Experiential processing through art or play based interventions can increase willingness to engage in difficult conversations. Goals of family therapy include increasing communication and making shifts in family dynamics that contribute to strained relationships. Using art and play in family therapy, my aim is to help families celebrate their strengths, and creatively explore different roles and responses to make home-life feel more connected, safe and secure.
Parent and guardian participation in the therapeutic process looks different in various settings. I always recommend quarterly parent sessions at minimum to review progress and explore gains in healthy dynamics for the child and family. There are however times when children are disengaged, guarded or not ready for therapy. Exploring the issues through parent coaching can help parents identify triggers to problem behaviors, and learn healthy ways to support their child through stressors. This can ease the strain in home-life and help parents regain a sense of control within the parent/child dynamics.
Sometimes it’s hard to get out of the house, or to find the time to prioritize you or your child’s mental health needs. Virtual Therapy takes away those barriers, and allows us to meet from the comfort of your home through a HIPPA compliant video connection.
I have been providing clinical supervision for over 10 years in various settings.
I use a person-centered, strengths-based approach to meet the needs of the individual.
I can provide either in-person or distance supervision for:
Mental health professionals obtaining their Art Therapy (ATR) credentials
Counselors obtaining their Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in Missouri
I enjoy helping people understand the creative process more fully, as well as teaching skills that foster creativity and build resiliency. I have experience teaching at the college level, as well as presenting on topics related to art and play therapy.
Contact me if you are interested in consultation or a workshop, presentation or experiential professional development tailored to your setting and specific interests/needs.