Psychotherapy provides a safe and sacred space for you to work on yourself in an individual office setting. Outpatient psychotherapy may help you with the following:
mild to moderate symptoms related to depression or mood swings
issues from the past, such as childhood abuse or trauma,
that seem to hinder your happiness in the present.
Psychotherapy can also serve as a type of mental health fitness regime for those who want to have more choice in their thoughts, feelings, and actions. The Creative Journeys approach to therapy offers several modalities from which the client can choose.
Anam Cara Talk Therapy
The deepest self-awareness and change happens when we talk and listen from the heart. This can create an experience of meeting an anam cara, or soul friend, in another and within oneself. My approach is interactive and dynamic. Within the therapy process, I may reflect what I have heard you say while inviting you to go deeper into your feelings and somatic experience as you speak. You may learn about nonviolent communication techniques or meditation techniques to name a few. I may offer suggestions for ways to continue the process between sessions, i.e. structured writing assignments or practicing some of what was learned in the session. Everything is offered and left for you to choose. You may just want someone to listen. I invite you to talk from your deepest truth and hear with your wisest ear.
Expressive Arts Therapy
artwork by Ugandan client
Carl Gustav Jung said, "often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has
struggled with in vain." Through art, poetry, expressive writing, or movement, you can go directly to the part of you that is always moving towards wholeness and happiness. When you externalize a thought, feeling, or issue into three-dimensional form, you transform it into something new and less threatening. As you become present to the energy or charge around the material, you can more easily release it. You do not need to have any ability or experience with any of the modalities to benefit from expressive arts therapy. Work with the modalities goes at your pace. You are the creator of the material, and thus you only face issues you are ready to deal with.
Image from an adult woman's sandplay scene
Sandplay therapy involves choosing from a wide variety of figurines to make a scene in a tray filled with sand. This technique, as developed by Dora Kalff and inspired in part by Jungian Psychology, allows the Psyche to work through problems and find solutions. It's a dynamic process; a type of waking dream where energetic shifts often happen in the moment. A powerful figurine near one that embodies an insurmountable problem may result in new found solutions to the problem. Research in the field has shown that completing a series of trays often leads to increased happiness and positive life changes within the year of the making of the tray.
Types of toys that may be used in child therapy
Normally healthy children sometimes need to see a pediatrician. Likewise, the well adjusted and normally happy child may benefit from therapy during times of transition, loss, or increased stress. Therapy with children utilizes play and talk in the way that works most effectively with the child's developmental level. The room contains therapeutic play materials specifically designed to help children of many ages and stages express their feelings and find solutions to issues not solved by talk or non-therapeutic play alone.
The parents are actively involved in the process. Monthly meetings without the child present give parents and therapist a chance to discuss how things are going at home and in the therapy and to brainstorm ways to maximize the progress between sessions. Some sessions may involve parent and child talking and playing together to facilitate positive interaction. Families with positive as well as strained relationships benefit from interactional therapy from time to time.
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