"I love our sessions so much. I really feel like I have had such a shift in my consciousness since working with you! I am totally amazed and happy that the work I did with you helped me so much with demons that were haunting me for years! Your gentle process, listening and facilitating art to tap into deep seeded issues was truly a gift!"
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is an approach to healing emotional wounds by engaging in creative expression. The client is guided through a process of bringing forth thoughts, feelings, memories and ideas in the form of images. These images are then explored to gain insight about one's inner world and clarify the nature of one's personal struggle. Many people find the very act of creativity to be integrative and healing. In art therapy, that benefit is heightened by having a guide to help understand and articulate what has been created. No training or special talent in art is necessary to derive value from art therapy. People of all ages and backgrounds have found it to be an effective treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, eating disorders and a range of other emotional imbalances.
What is sand play therapy?
Sand play therapy is similar to art therapy in that it makes use of creative play to externalize one's internal landscape, but instead of using art materials, the client arranges miniature figurines and objects in a sandbox. Through this process, a "world" is created that can often take on sacred dimensions. Working in sand is grounding and helps the client forge a profound connection with oneself. As Carl Jung said, "often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain."
My approach as an art therapist is humanistic and image-based. I help clients to find art materials and projects that best enable them to express their inner world. Together, we enter into that world and explore the contents therein. This exploration opens up new possibilities and solutions in areas where the client is stuck. I believe that each element of an image reflects different parts of the person who created it. Through the use of voice dialogue techniques, where the client is guided through a process of giving voice to elements within the image, insight and self-compassion are increased and places of inner strength and wisdom are accessed.
Sessions take place in my home studio in Mt. Airy. Here you can work with an array of art media, including but not limited to chalk and oil pastels, colored pencils, acrylic and watercolor paints, air-drying clay, fabric, collage and found objects. You may also elect to build a world in the sand tray using miniature figurines and objects. The space is designed to stimulate creativity and artistic expression in a safe and healing environment. Plenty of art books are available for browsing to generate ideas from great artists of the past and present.
Services and Cost
Individual art therapy sessions generally last an hour, though longer sessions are available upon request. The cost for an hour-long session is $120. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in setting up a consultation.
If you are an art therapist seeking supervision as you work toward your ATR, I would be happy to assist you on this journey. I have over 6 years of experience supervising art therapy students from Drexel, Arcadia and Marywood Universities and 10 years of clinical experience to draw from. I am committed to deepening the practice of new art therapists as a way to strengthen our community as a whole and bring the best, most profound treatment to our clients.
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