What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the process of focusing awareness on the current moment. It can train us to focus attention on what we need to. In our lives, there are many things vying to grab our attention. Mindfulness allows us to practice giving our attention to what is truly most important to us.
Try out this breathing link for a fun way to test it out (I am not affiliated with the producers of this youtube channel in any way). It suggests doing the breathing activity for 10 minutes. Just try for a minute at first or even just 30 seconds. Then each day try to do it a little longer and see how it feels.
What is Post-Modern?
There are many different types of therapy out there, as there are many therapists. It is important to make sure that you find the therapist who is right for you. I work from a place of collaboration and curiosity. I intend to remain curious and never presume to know the answers to your questions. The therapeutic theories I work from are all within something called the Post-Modern Framework and include Narrative, Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology and Collaborative Language Systems.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a process using creative media for self-expression. This artwork is used to develop goals and explore conflicts as well as build self-awareness and personal strength. It is then processed together through talk therapy.
Talk therapy engages with the language-processing ability of our brains, while art therapy allows us to connect with our emotional center through movement and experience. When we process the art together, we build stronger connections between the two hemispheres of the brain.
Art therapy is good for everyone no matter your age or gender. We can explore different medias and find which one suits you best.
What is the purpose of therapy as I see it?
Therapy is designed around what works best for you as the client. The intention is to create a collaborative conversation that leads to growth. In this growth, a client will reach the goals they have laid out and process or resolve problems they are currently facing. Each client will create goals for themselves and develop their own plan for treatment. I do not diagnose clients. If a diagnosis needs to be made, I make it collaboratively with you, my client. You, as the client, decide when therapy begins and when it ends.
Phillips Graduate University - MA in Psychology specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy/Art Therapy
Yoga House - 300 hour yoga teacher training
Mini Yogis® - 10 hour kids (ages 3-11) yoga teacher training
SoulCollage® Institute - SoulCollage® Facilitator
Postpartum Support International Training (Basic and Advanced)
Certified Postpartum Support International Mental Health Provider (PSI6029)
Suicide Assessment and Prevention Training
EMDR - EMDRia (Trained)
Trauma-Informed Certification from Community Resilience Initiative
by Brain Wise Solutions
Training in Imago Couples Counseling
Brainspotting Trained in Phase 1 & 2
Brainspotting for Children and Adolescents
Institute for Girls' Development
David H. Fox Counseling Center - Focus on Post-Modern Therapy and Art Therapy