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October Staff Spotlight

Tell us about what you do at THIRA Health. Emily: I have previously been a milieu therapist and am currently a primary and art therapist. I work with both adults and teens, and currently run several art-based therapy groups, DBT skills groups, and milieu coaching in addition to individual therapy sessions. I enjoy combining my training in art therapy with emotion focused therapy and DBT to facilitate a deeper understanding of the present moment in a way that’s creative and tangible. When did you first decide to create a career around art (or mental health)? What inspired your path? Emily: I wasn’t always aware that art therapy was a career that existed, even after college. I have my BA in Fine Arts and after several internships in stained glass design and restoration, decided it was not what I...

Healing Through Artistic Expression

Creative expression is as innate to humans as walking or speaking. All humans suffer from respective emotional or physical pain or trauma. Therefore, all humans can benefit from therapy in some way. However, not all humans are built the same or have faced the same experiences, and thus the approach to therapy should be unique to the individual. The process of healing through artistic expression has always been a part of humanity. In recent years, it has been awarded an actual label in the psychology and therapy realm. To understand what art therapy is and how it is used, the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) describes, “Art therapy [as being] used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight,...

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