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Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Focused Therapy

Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Focused Therapy – Counseling and Therapy (Counselor | Therapists) serving Gainesville, Alexandria, Manassas and surrounding Areas – in Northern Virginia.

(Counseling Near Me – Therapist Near Me … Gainesville – Alexandria VA – Washington DC)

The Life Enrichment Counseling Center provides art therapy sessions the will allow you explore your thoughts and feelings through creative means such as drawing, painting and collaging.

Art Psychotherapy

Sometimes words are not enough to express what we are experiencing. 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.

Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, can be used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.
(American Art Therapy Association, arttherapy.org)

During art therapy sessions you explore your thoughts and feelings through creative means such as drawing, painting and collaging. Making art, no matter what form it takes, can be naturally calming and relaxing. You can learn how to utilize it for coping, expressing what’s on your mind, and finding ways to be more present and mindful through the process.

You don’t need to have any experience in art making, there are many different ways to make art and stick figures are ok too. Your art therapist will guide you step by step and assist you in finding ways to express yourself and work through your challenges.

Trauma Focused Therapy

Trauma focused art therapy may be right for you if you’ve experienced a recent traumatic event or an old trauma has been triggered by new stress, life transition, or media/news events. You may be noticing changes in mood, relationships, appetite, and sleep. You may be experiencing trauma related symptoms such as difficulty coping with things the way you used to, feeling easily overwhelmed, having nightmares or intrusive memories.

The Instinctual Trauma Response™ method is an evidence-supported method that focuses on treating the roots of trauma. The ITR™ method recodes traumatic memory from the right brain format to the left brain format, ending or greatly reducing triggers and symptoms. The ITR™ method gives traumatic memories order, verbal coding, historical context, and an objective, third person view that protects the person from re-experiencing the trauma and fosters their capacity for empathy for themselves and others. This allows you to feel that the event is finally over and in the past.

Our Art Psychotherapy and Trauma Focused Therapy – Counseling services are facilitated by the following Therapist:

Jaana Kilkki, MA, ATR-BC (Gainesville Office)