Many people think that my practice is mostly kids and teens, but a third of my practice is also adults. Even though change for adults can be vulnerable and scary, it is never too late. I delightedly work with clients ranging from age 20 to well into their 70s who courageously want to engage living up to their potential! Many women and men come into my office to engage issues like:
- Anxiety and depression
- Trauma, including:
- Childhood and adult traumas, including sexual / physical assault or neglect
- Vicarious trauma and burnout for helping professionals
- Self-care and life balance for helping professionals
- Parenting stress and parent coaching
- Life transitions, like career changes and marriage or divorce
- Artists needing support with their creative process
- Grief and loss
- Mid-life malaise and questioning
- Women’s health and journey
I’m an art therapist, but not all adults make art in my office. Some clients come and sip tea as we talk over challenges, celebrate wins, and strategize how to navigate life, work, and relationships. However, some adults really benefit from the art-making process because it gets them out of their comfort zone, or because they enjoy it and rarely make time for it. Either way art-making can be very beneficial and even fun!
Often I talk about how the culture we live in has many toxic factors leading to exhaustion and overwhelm. The pursuit of perfectionism and the shame that comes with not being good enough, or feeling like an imposter, are common themes. I work with folks on a human-to-human level with goals like these:
- Cultivate techniques to slow down mindfully and feel our inner truths and needs.
- Find meaning and purpose.
- Have self-compassion and acceptance in order to grow and be happier and healthier.
- Learn self-reflection and self-care in ways that work for each person.
You can read more specifics on how I work here. Below are some examples of adult artwork done in my office (I was given permission by specific clients to share these). Many adult clients have found that the act of making art is a huge stress relief. Sometimes we just craft it up, sometimes we do art directives or learn new art techniques, and sometimes we just color or doodle.