My Approach to Helping
All emotions are welcomed even if they are difficult. I use art as a primary medium of communication for you to express yourself and explore the issues or concerns that you want to bring into the session. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity for their stories to be heard, whether it is through talking or creative art-making. Everyone has his or her own lived experiences and unique worldview. I respect each individual and their stories, and these are the foundation to build a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, in a non-judgmental space.
As an art psychotherapist, I believe that the artwork carries special meaning to its maker and it offers a window into how we feel and think. The artwork made during the session may carry deep meaning that tells your stories. I offer you a safe space to reflect and explore the meaning of these images you made so that you can have a deeper understanding of yourselves and begin to create new meaning out of your experiences.
People who experienced traumatic events, or those who feel out of touch with themselves, or feeling overwhelmed may have difficulty in finding words to describe their experiences and express their feelings. Without the pressure of finding the right word, the process of playing with art materials is a non-verbal communication that enables the feelings we pushed aside or avoided to be acknowledged. I may suggest different art materials that are suitable at times. With the art-making, I invite you to connect with your inner-self, express and explore these difficult feelings with a sense of acceptance.
You do not need to have any previous experiences or skills in art. In the session, we focus on the meanings of artwork and its process, rather than the need to create something pleasing and beautiful. I often work in a non-directive approach and strive to create an empowering space that can facilitate personal growth and healing.