From Filmmaking to Art Therapy
I didn't know it yet, but that was the first day of my journey towards becoming an Art Therapist.
My friends and I would get together to create hilarious, embarrassing, and completely cathartic cinematic expressions, working through the intense strangeness that was adolescence. We made videos making fun of our parents, impersonating celebrities, and just being totally zany kids.
We tried out different personas on screen and different roles in the production process. Looking back, these videos are a beautiful snapshot into the formative years of our individual identities, even if they make us cringe a bit to re-watch as adults.
The Power of Storytelling
Film school helped me develop these artistic skills, but more importantly, I discovered my real passion was in helping others tell their stories.
I ended up working on an independent documentary film after graduation that allowed me to work with Holocaust survivors -- people who had experienced some of the worst trauma imaginable. I learned the value of personal storytelling, and the healing potential of creative imagery. This is the foundation of Art Therapy.
Creating images in relationship
In a nutshell, Art Therapy supports self- and interpersonal awareness, trauma processing, and identity formation through client art-making and personal storytelling in session with an Art Therapist. No art experience necessary.
I have worked with elders at end-of-life, grieving families, anxiety across the lifespan, adults with childhood trauma histories, distant couples, teens developing self-esteem, and children with attachment challenges. Just like the strange and expressive films of my childhood, I work with others to express themselves visually and verbally, working through emotional challenges, and strengthening personal identity.
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