I like to think of therapy as walking a labyrinth. A labyrinth is not a maze, but a walking meditation tool with a single winding path that leads you to the center and continues as you return to the outside. It represents the journey inward to our True Self and then back out into the world. Just like walking a labyrinth, therapy can help calm our anxieties, help us during periods of transition or stress, guide healing, deepen self-awareness, enhance creativity and foster personal and spiritual growth. Each person's journey is special, meaningful, and unique.
What to expect:
Depending on what is happening in your world or in your thoughts or feelings, I might encourage you to use one ore more therapeutic techniques to help you move through uncomfortable or stuck emotions. In sessions I might ask you to create a picture or writing, I'll lead you in a meditation or guided imagery, or help you to have a dialogue with parts of you that are becoming activated. I'll explain more about these below. You can also learn about some of the other techniques I use here.
My work is rooted in three major modalities:
What is Parts Work?
We all have many "parts" within us that help us and protect us. These parts may consist of thoughts, emotions, or physical sensations ("A part of me thinks, or a part of me feels...") that may be pleasant or unpleasant. We also all innately hold within us our "True Self". Your True Self is the real you, the person you are at the core, the person you can be if nothing were to hold you back. When we are led by our True Self, we see the world and relate to ourselves and others more clearly and authentically. Parts Work involves having a dialogue with those parts within us that have become unpleasantly extreme and have taken over the pureness of our True Self.
What is Creative Arts Therapy?
"Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.
Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns,
to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions."
You don't have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. You just need to tap into your imagination which can be easy to do when you are feeling focused and relaxed. Everyone has the potential to be creative; whether it be in thought, speech, drawing, painting, writing, dancing, praying, loving, or just being. Art therapy helps us to connect our inner world of thoughts, feelings, and perceptions to our outer world and experiences. Being creative can be therapeutic and cathartic. Being expressive, or creating pieces in therapy is not always about the finished product or meeting any societal standards of beauty or value. You will not be judged by the works you do. Creative expression is about the process, self-discovery, insight, and allowing space for our non-analytical brain to have a voice and to share its wisdom.
What is Mindfulness and Meditation?
Mindfulness is being aware in the present moment, of thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations without judgement, by observing and just "being". It feels good to slow down, slow and deepen our breathing and focus in on the moment without thoughts of the past or worry for the future. Meditation helps to untangle confusion in our minds, helps us make more sense of things and can even help solve problems. Depending on what is happening for you, or what you need to work on, I will lead you in a specific guided meditation for that purpose.