ABOUT Allison

My Overall Philosophy:

 

Wellness is lifestyle commitment. Wellness is prioritizing, actively engaging, and sustaining a combination of mental fitness, spiritual fitness, and physical/nutritional fitness. This framework is not rigid and is different for each person. To achieve an individual state of optimal functioning, engaging a combination of the three is necessary. We are a brain, a spirit/consciousness, and a body, all of which require attention and care.    

This is why I discuss overall wellness as a lifestyle commitment. There is no single, easy, "insta", one time solution to achieve and sustain wellness. It requires equal parts discipline and self compassion.  To achieve this, you must be willing to begin.

 

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

My Journey:

susinct version here.

link to longer version. 

My path to today has been anything but linear. 

CT

family - athlete -non  interest in the way it was presented - artist. 

leaving CT

savannah BFA

nyc 

Exposure NY

anxiety

 (to the those in my shoes who decline this approach, 

california 

CT