Therapists can provide an environment where you have the freedom to explore different ways to facilitate the changes you desire in your life. According to the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (CAMFT), “the practice of marriage, and family therapy and psychotherapy is both an art and a science. It is varied and often complex in its approach, technique, modality and method of service delivery.”1
I don’t ascribe exclusively to one specific therapeutic method because we respond to different approaches depending on our life experiences. However, I’ve participated in additional training in topics that have been most effective and relevant for my clients, described below.
It is well known that creating art has therapeutic benefits. Whatever the form – drawing, writing, dancing or making music – the process of making art engages the mind, body and spirit, and can be healing… so what is art therapy?
Art Therapy takes this to another level. Anyone can create art as a way of expressing oneself as an alternative to verbal expression, no prior experience is necessary. Then, with the guidance of a trained art therapist, a client can explore what has been expressed, and deeper levels of intuition and meaning can be discovered. So, in addition to the therapeutic benefits of taking the time to make the art, there is an opportunity to increase insight and understanding.
I received specialized training in the Loyola Marymount University Marital & Family Therapy Program, and am registered with the American Art Therapy Association.
The goal of using somatic therapy skills is to increase awareness of how our bodies work with our mind and emotions to process our life experiences. The simplest example we’re familiar with is the tendency to tighten the muscles in various parts of our bodies when we’re experiencing intense emotions. By becoming aware of how all of our senses work together, we can learn to deepen our understanding of our behaviors. Then, if desired, we can begin to work toward changing our perspectives and/or responses to different life situations.
I have two years of professional level training in the Hakomi Method of Mindful Somatic Psychology.
Grief & Loss
Loss is a natural part of life, and the journey through grief can be especially difficult. It’s important to understand that the grieving process may be experienced very differently depending on the age and culture of the person, as well as the circumstances of the loss. There may also be questions about how to support someone who has experienced a significant loss, without succumbing to compassion fatigue.
I have participated in professional trainings presented by the Our House Grief Support Center.
“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
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1California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Ethical Standards, Part I. (http://smith.soehd.csufresno.edu/CAMFT_ethics_1.html)