The Art of Healing

If you had asked me when I was in college what I wanted to become, professionally, I would have answered “an artist and a therapist.”  Over the intervening years, I’ve always done art professionally: illustration for many years, and more recently, fiber arts; and I’ve taught art to students of all ages.

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Along the way, I’ve steadfastly focused on learning about many different aspects of how to help people, building on the graduate courses I took in basic counseling and the therapeutic aspects of creative expression: earning a master of Creative Arts in Education, volunteering with hospitalized children and offering therapeutic art, writing and play; more recently, becoming certified to practice as an Expressive Arts Therapist and working as an Artist-in-Residence with radiation oncology patients and their caregivers; and over the years as a volunteer and in a professional capacity, finding it so rewarding to help others while deepening my own understanding, compassion and confidence.

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Interested in the mind-body connection, I learned about reiki; and experiencing how reiki helps people relax, clarify their minds, and heal, I pursued several levels of reiki training and became a reiki master.   Most recently, I took a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course; and have been practicing yoga and meditation and studying Hakomi Therapy, a mindfulness and somatic-centered therapy.  I see the body as an animal that carries along our spirit and fulfills our intentions and reflects our thoughts and feelings: we need to take very good care of this animal, because if we don’t, it will find ways to get our attention.

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And just today, I’ve mailed payment to begin an eight-month course to become a certified holistic life coach.   I see this course as a way to continue to weave together all of the strands of my studies and experience, integrating art and therapeutic expression, offering those I help more options for growth and happiness, deepening compassion for themselves and others. “The Art of Healing” is the name that best expresses what I’ve been doing all these years: whether I’m creating art, teaching art, or working with a client who is seeking support, it all flows from the same intention of nurturing expression to enhance well-being in myself and others.  It’s the name I’ve chosen for my practice of art making, art education and working to help clients: “The Art of Healing.”

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Published in: on September 9, 2015 at 4:17 pm  Leave a Comment