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 Counseling For Women

In my practice as a psychotherapist, I help women identify their passions and develop their strengths.  It's possible you would like to work on feeling more motivated in life or having healthy boundaries with friends and/or family members. With some self-exploration, understanding how past trauma can affect one's life,  the healing process can begin! Whether we use traditional "talk" therapy and/or integrate creative expression, personal therapy can be an adventure rather than a drain.  Knowing oneself is an amazing gift to give to yourself. Find your true self and bloom.

There are any number of reasons to seek the help of a therapist in today's world; the list is many! Giving ourselves permission to ask for support and help is a sign of strength. What is most important is you do not have to live your life in emotional pain. You deserve to feel whole!  It is possible you are a victim of abuse, or struggle with feeling less than, have lost a partner or are totally unhappy in your work or relationship. Whatever the root of the pain or unhappiness is, together we can explore ways to make changes, relate with more compassion towards oneself  and discover the blocks that keep you stuck. The good news is there is help.  I will teach you some basic cognitive skills and healthy ways to relate to yourself and others along the way. You don't have to empty your pocketbook to be in therapy! 


My Therapy Practice Specialties
Individuals
Women
The Anxious Mind
Depressed Self
Career & Work Dilemmas
Creative Freeze
Chronic Health Issues
Being Single in a Coupled World
To be a Mother or Not to Be


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Creativity 4 Women Workshops


Meets 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month 1-4PM

Upcoming Events:

March 23rdDreams, Symbolism and Art 
Description: Our dreams reveal powerful  images that  connect us to our unconscious. They can guide us, provide insight and inspire us. Whether you remember your dreams or not, you are invited to create mixed-media art around some of the universal symbolism of dreams. If you are a dreamer, explore images  that stand out for you in your dream life with paint and paper collage. Feel free to bring your dream journal if you keep one.

April 13: Tax Day Art Relief - Messy Art
Description: Time to let go and destress now that tax day is behind us once again. Various art techniques and meditation.

April 27th NO WORKSHOP

May 11thMotherhood: Description: Whether you are a biological mother or seeking to explore your maternal side, join us as we create art based on the archetype of the "mother."

May 25: Exploring Relationships With Mandala Art
Description: Relationships come in many forms; explore the close ones, distant ones and/or challenging ones with art making.

No art experience necessary.

1-4PM
$40 
OR 2 for $60
At the door (if room) $50
Pay here


Supplies provided.
No art experience necessary!


What people are saying:
I can't thank Victoria enough for the space and support to heal with other women through art, and fun." Michelle E 

Thank You for the great class Saturday.  I really did enjoy it and left feeling like I really did learn something about myself and letting go and to try to just be a bit more accepting and relaxed about who and where I am.  So thank you!!


Thank you so much for what you have brought to my life. It is the first time in almost 3 years I have found anything or anyone that brings me so much peace and happiness inside (except for the ocean, of course).




See the events tab above for more info on workshops.

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Why Have a Creative Practice?
The practice of  creative work becomes a mirror to our internal world helping us gain wisdom, peace, healing and solutions to problems.  Whether it is perfectionism, anxiety, depression, physical pain or other obstacles to feeling whole and more relaxed and accepting of yourself, art allows you space to feel safe and free to explore your authentic self. Many times, answers and wisdom come to us while we are calm and in a relaxed state...here is where the wisdom reside

  • Aids in Managing depression, anxiety, and stress
  • Improves motivation and focus
  • Provides time for you
  • Adds joy to your lif




ANGER


Anger is just one of the primal emotions that if not understood or expressed constructively, can sabotage a person's relationships, career, academic life and one's ability to live an emotionally healthy life.  From a young age, we are given messages either consciously or unconsciously from those around us about our feelings and how or how not to express them. Anger, if not taken care of, is one emotion that can have us responding aggressively towards others or, kept inside of us causing health and emotional problems down the road. So, learning how to express anger constructively is vital to your well being. One way we can express anger is through art. Though, I will give you some tips on how to get to know your anger and steps you can take to calm yourself in the face of the anger beast.

First of all. What do you know about your anger? Do you have a tendency to lash out at others? Does your anger make you sad? Does your anger scare you and those around you? What were you taught about anger growing up? Were you allowed to be angry in your home? I don't mean throw or hit things or people, but were you given permission to say I'm really angry and I need help, or, were you told it's not OK to be angry? What do you do with your anger now? How do you take care of yourself when you feel angry? Let me give you some ideas on ways you can take care of your anger when it surfaces.
 Get to know your anger, i.e, don't push it down.  What you might want to do the next time you feel angry is:
1. Don't React!
2. Breath - Focus on your breathing.
3. Think before you speak.
4. Listen to other's opinions.
5. Walk away if you feel yourself getting ready to strike out at someone or something.
6. Go some place safe and hit a pillow.

In terms of art, I recommend you identify the color of your anger. How big is your anger? Does it take up the entire piece of paper or just a small area? What shape is your anger? If your anger were an animal, what would it be?  What are the triggers of your anger? How do you know when you are angry?

ART EXERCISE.
On a piece of paper, create an image of your anger. In other words, create a picture that represents your anger using, colored pencils, crayons, paint, collage or any medium you wish. What art material you use is not important. Give your anger a name. When you are finished with your art, you might want to dialogue with it. On another piece of paper, I'd like you to create a picture that represents what you know about your anger. The triggers, what helps you when you're angry?  Who can you talk to when you are angry? These are all important things to know about your anger and ways to take care of yourself when you do get angry. Also, identify in your body where you feel your anger and sooth that area as you breath and take some time out.

Peace.


Psychology of Color

Have you ever noticed how color can shift your mood? Color is all around us. But what is color?  "Color is light and energy." (www.arttherapyblog.com.) I've purposely created this post with many colors for you to see your reaction to the various colors. An example of how color can affect our mood is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which causes some individuals to experience depression in the winter months, when darkness arrives. Or, have you experienced a shift in mood when you look at a rainbow? It is really amazing how color can affect our state of being and it is important to know what colors calm us, excite us, bring us down, etc.  For the exercise below, you can mix colors or use the colors as they are.