Art therapy and psychotherapy for challenged populations
As a clinical art therapist and psychotherapist, I provide individual and group counseling using a traditional verbal format and through expressive therapy with art materials. I specialize in work with challenged populations, providing a safe, structured environment in which clients can explore difficult issues and learn new, more adaptive behavior.
Populations served include:
- Asperger's and autistic spectrum disorders
- Mental retardation and developmental disabilities
- Major mental illness (including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Challenged adolescents (including those with oppositional defiant disorder and attention deficit disorder)
- Substance abuse and MICA
Verbal self-expression is an invaluable tool for treating mental disorders and bringing about psychological growth, yet it is not appropriate in every situation. Some issues, such as trauma and dissociation, are difficult to process consciously. Other clients may be resistant to traditional psychiatric treatment, or lack the verbal skills necessary to participate in traditional therapy groups. In such cases, inviting the client to create an image can provide a window into his or her world and allow the client to express and reflect. Challenged clients can be difficult to engage; being able to draw on both verbal and expressive modalities allows me to more effectively communicate with such clients and bring about psychological growth.