The nights are long, your patience is short and it just doesn't seem to be getting any better. At each stage in life we seem to say "if I can just get to the next level things will be great!" But then you get there and BAM, a new set of challenges keep you up at night and you find yourself struggling to be heard, seen or respected. Childhood & Adolescence; Adulting & Professional life; Retirement & Elder years.

— Why does it always seem like each generation reinvents the wheel? These life-cycle transitions can be difficult and anxiety filled, yet they don’t have to be. My greatest joy is helping those in search of peace, love and brain understanding make it through life in a way they can appreciate it, not just painfully muddle through. Together we develop customized tools to process where you've been, and make a solid plan for where you are going —not someday in the future, but today, when you need it most.

Which life stage are you trying to navigate?

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“Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by those who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, or who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art making and process, you can increase awareness of yourself and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.

Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to allied professionals. Art therapists work with all ages: individuals, couples, families, groups and communities. They provide services, individually and as part of clinical teams, in settings that include mental health, rehabilitation, medical and forensic institutions; community outreach programs; wellness centers; schools; nursing homes; corporate structures; open studios and independent practices.”

— NorCATA, Art Therapy Association

As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Board Certified Art Psychotherapist, I can help. I have specialized knowledge and passion for the areas of Creativity & Neuroscience. I help you (or your loved one) learn to understand how this part of the brain works, so that you can cope and problem solve better when under extreme emotional stress. Together we help bring calm and joy back into your daily life.

Whether they are makers themselves, or long-time lovers of an artful life, my clients are used to their lives being filled with art, design, music, photography, dance, storytelling, film, architecture, culinary craft or other creative passions. They are not always visual artists, yet because this is not about talent but about a vehicle for expression, a comfort is found in expression visually rather than through talk therapy alone. The making of shapes, marks and lines with painting, drawing, sculpting, creative writing or song, has been used by many cultures for centuries and is now scientifically proven as a way of processing emotions when words alone just don’t fit. The art making is itself a coping and problem-solving skill that feels good doing, as well as a great catalyst for cognitive understanding & communication. It provides a way to stand back and externalize your issues so you can see what is going on in your mind and take an active role in your wellness, rather than passively letting problems continue to just happen to you.

Why The Limbic Lounge ™ ?  Your Limbic System is the part of your brain & nervous system that is responsible for how you handle the tough emotional situations that life throws at you. Understanding the science behind natural human behaviors can mean the difference between a loud emotional reactive outburst, and a calm grounded response that is appropriate to the problem in front of you. CreativE Decision making and exploration also takes place in this area of the brain. your Art made here is about the process (not the final product), giving you a visual & non-verbal way to express Your thoughts.

Why The Limbic Lounge? Your Limbic System is the part of your brain & nervous system that is responsible for how you handle the tough emotional situations that life throws at you. Understanding the science behind natural human behaviors can mean the difference between a loud emotional reactive outburst, and a calm grounded response that is appropriate to the problem in front of you. CreativE Decision making and exploration also takes place in this area of the brain. your Art made here is about the process (not the final product), giving you a visual & non-verbal way to express Your thoughts.


 

I know picking up the phone can be hard, but living your life the way you have is so much harder. Usually, by the time a person calls for counseling or therapy it is years past when they originally wanted to reach out for help. Call today for a free 20 minute phone consultation and let's get you past this challenge and back on track to a creative and productive life with the calm, joy and peace of mind you desire