My Overall Philosophy:
Wellness is lifestyle commitment. We are a brain, a body, and a consciousness. Achieving individual optimal functioning requires prioritizing, actively engaging, and sustaining a gentle combination of mental fitness, physical fitness, and spiritual fitness.
This fitness trifecta framework adaptable and different for each person. There is no single, easy, "diet","insta", one time solution to achieve and sustain wellness. It requires consistent and equal parts of discipline and self compassion.
To achieve this, you must be willing to begin.
I believe the ultimate goal of therapy is for the client to remember, reconnect, reactivate, and reengage with their internal well of personal power. The therapist is a guiding witness in this process but it is the client who ultimately not the answer key. Through a process of uncovering, reclaiming, and reintergrating, witnessing and welcoming, acceptance and letting go, the client ulitmately reclaims themself from within the parts of their dark previously exiled.
Why Art Therapy?
Art therapy engages the brain, body, and spirit.
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.
Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.
American Art Therapy Association www.arttherapy.org
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My path to today has been anything but linear.
family - athlete -non interest in the way it was presented - artist.
(to the those in my shoes who decline this approach,