Creative Spirit Counseling, LLC
I work primarily from an Multi and Inter-Modal Expressive Arts lens. I will invite you to get in touch with your creativity as we explore different mediums. Using an inter-modal approach means that we might move from one form of expression to another, perhaps even several times in the course of a session. Some processes we may explore include mixed-media experimentation, sandtray work, mindfulness practice, dreamwork, creative writing, movement, sound, play, and imaginative expression.
Expressive Arts Therapy is a trauma-informed practice. It allows us to explore inner material as gently or as deeply as we feel ready for, at our own pace, and in our own unique way. Inter-modal practice may lead us to examine our beliefs and experiences, call upon our ancestors, dive into our cultural backgrounds, our spiritual beliefs, and perhaps our dreams and intuition. This allows a space to open up where we can come to know ourselves more deeply, trust ourselves more fully, and develop tools to help us carry this strength into the world.
Expressive Arts Therapy is more than making art for coping and self-care. Yes, making art IS an excellent coping tool, but Expressive Arts Practice takes us much deeper into our work. Through processing in the therapeutic space, as well as making room for expression in our daily lives, we can tap into our creative source from which change can flow. When we hold space for our creativity to flourish without judgement, we can communicate with unconscious and hidden parts of ourselves. Through this, we can know ourselves better, and perhaps reconnect with parts of ourselves that we may have lost touch with over time. Sometimes these processes can be surprising and take us in completely different directions than we expected – and that’s okay – when we learn to trust ourselves and follow our innate wisdom, we can always find our way!
I believe therapy should be collaborative and non-authoritative. We will work together as allies, mutually invested in your growth. I have over 12 years of experience working in community mental health with people from many different backgrounds. One thing I have learned from my own experiences with the mental health system, as well as the experiences of my clients, is that receiving mental health services can sometimes feel dehumanizing and dismissive. I aim to not do that. I will not pathologize you, analyze you, or otherwise disrespect you. Of course, to err is human, and thus, I welcome your feedback at all times. I believe therapy is a relationship, and so I recognize that it is my responsibility to be open to change, just as I ask my clients to be when they step into the therapeutic space.
I greatly enjoy working with teens, especially those who may be hesitant to try therapy. I also welcome survivors of trauma to reach out so we can discuss what trauma-informed therapy is and why it is important for survivors to seek a counselor who is properly trained to work with their needs. Whether or not you choose to work with me, I would like to help you find someone qualified to truly help in your healing journey. While teens and survivors are populations I specialize in, I am open to working with people from all different backgrounds. Please contact me for a consultation to learn more about how my approach is different.