I am a registered, board-certified art therapist and licensed professional counselor. I specialize in working with individuals who struggle with disordered eating and those who suffer the effects of trauma. I have served as a psychotherapist at Belmont Behavioral Hospital’s partial and inpatient eating disorder programs since October 2014.
what is art psychotherapy?
Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication. This is especially useful in cases where traditional psychotherapy has been ineffectual (AATA, 2016).
A disturbance in eating that has a significant impact on physical health or psychosocial functioning with symptoms including but not limited to binge eating, food restriction, purging, extreme dieting, use of laxatives, food rituals, over-exercise or persistent body dissatisfaction.
Exposure to a traumatic or stressful event which may result in symptoms including but not limited to social withdraw, distressing memories or dreams, flashbacks, hypervigilance, loss of interest, feelings of detachment, or inability to experience positive emotions.
Depression & Anxiety
Depression may include loss of interest, loss of energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, sleep disturbance or difficulty concentrating. Anxiety is characterized by excessive fear and worry, irritability, tension, difficulty concentrating, or sleep disturbance.
The above information is intended to provide you with a general presentation of the forms in which these conditions are commonly experienced. They are in no way intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. Concerns about your mental health should be discussed with your therapist or physician.