I’m so glad you’re here.
My Name is Sarah.
My role is to provide support and guidance as you venture into the honorable work of personal growth and healing. I believe that therapy is a process which empowers you, the client, to create positive, lasting change. Together we will embark on the journey of finding answers that are authentic to you as an individual. It is a profound privilege and honor to do this work and I would be delighted to speak with you more in depth about my practice, Art Therapy, or any other questions you might have.
When we enter into a session together,
I am with you, I hear you, I see you.
If you're here, I imagine you might have questions, goals, or specific tasks that you'd like to tackle. Or perhaps you're here with no clear direction, with a heavy heart, and with pain that you carry with you every day. However you're showing up, I welcome you with open arms, admiration, and gratitude. The bravery and resiliency that I witness from my clients is enormous...they are some of the most incredible human beings that I’ve ever met. I adore the work that I get to do in sessions and consider it an immense responsibility to show up and hold space.
Art Therapy uses art materials, the creative process, and/or the finished art product as a tool to help facilitate change in a wide variety of ways. It is important to note that you do not need prior experience using art materials or creating art to participate in and gain value from Art Therapy! By utilizing the art making process and finished product in sessions, individuals can move freely between verbal and non-verbal communication. This adds a layer of depth and richness to the therapeutic relationship. Some of the many wonderful benefits of Art Therapy include:
- Experiential: Creating art can be a metaphor for real life issues.
- Involves rituals: Comforts, Calms, Repairs, and Heals
- Preverbal thinking and feeling: Creating art is a direct expression of inner experiences that are difficult to put into words. When an individual experiences trauma, it can be difficult to access language to express feeling states. Non-verbal communication, or engaging in art making, can sometimes be more accessible than verbal communication.
- Spontaneous and uncensored material: Art Therapy allows the unconscious feelings to be brought into the light and explored.
- Objectification and projection: Art Therapy works to separate the self from issue. The individual can project onto the object in a safe manner.
- Permanence: Art work exists in the real world.
- Creates tangible peace: The art product can be used as transitional object. It can be symbolic.
- Engagement in art making can lead to discussion and deeper commitment to the therapeutic process.
- Opportunity to play: This can have a positive impact on both the mind and the body. It can improve the quality of life, reduce the perception of pain and fatigue, and it can also reduce stress.
- Increased positive self regard: Art making builds resilience and increases self esteem.