The Art of Therapy
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of focus and paying attention in a particular way. The goal of mindfulness is to keep within our present moment experiences, even though our attention may be pulled in other directions. Over time, mindfulness skills helps individuals respond, instead of react to situations and emotional states. Mindfulness meditation can involve breathing exercises,
progressive muscle relaxation, movement exercises and walking meditation.
A regular practice of mindfulness has been shown to alleviate symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety and depression. As a practitioner of mindfulness, I assist clients in creating their own practice in order to cultivate these skills.
Art Therapy is used to improve self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight through creativity. I utilize art therapy with medical and mental health issues, as well as individuals creative, spiritual growth and well-being. Art therapy engages the psyche, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal communication alone. Symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive analysis, that go beyond language. Visual and symbolic expression allows for a transformative experience through metaphor.
Clinical hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, perception or consciousness that is used for treating a psychological or physical concerns. Hypnosis produces a state of concentration and focused attention that allows the client to engage with the therapeutic process more attentively. During this highly relaxed state the client can approach therapeutic interventions and suggestions with less resistance. I have trained in hypnosis with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and I am an active member with the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis (NESCH ). I use hypnosis to assist clients in specific behavioral changes as well as deepening the therapeutic process.