Serving children, teens & adults
~ART IS OUR MEDICINE~
Distressing and traumatic events can leave us feeling fragmented, isolated, on high alert, panicked, stuck in our trauma memories and nightmares and hopeless about our future. The brain needs to process the events in order to register that the traumatic event isn't still happening. We can help you do that with a safe and effective method using art and narrative. Read more...
Often, words are not enough to describe or make sense of our experiences, feelings and memories of what life brings us. We will partner with you to find safe and meaningful ways to meet your goals and we will adapt our strategies to meet your needs and ability level. Please call or email for a
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We offer groups and workshops to provide a variety of options for how you can engage in art therapy. We recommend our groups for anyone who wants to engage in art therapy, but also to connect with others during the process. It's also a great way to introduce yourself to art therapy and see if it feels like the right fit for you.
MEET THE ART THERAPISTS
Laura Tuomisto, ATR-BC, CTT
Art Therapist/Certified Trauma Therapist
I'm all about helping you get to the root of your symptoms to find relief.
When you treat the roots of your mental health symptoms AND get the skills to cope, your life feels so much better and you move in the direction you want.
I work with children, adolescents and adults, using art to move beyond words and help them recover from trauma, anxiety and depression. Through this process, my clients also discover their strengths, identify and change old, unhelpful patterns, learn valuable skills, and begin to thrive. Let’s work together to create the life and relationships you want. We won’t just talk -- we will use art and other strategies to create a deep sense of change and progress. Your life and relationships can transform. I am here to help you do just that.
When participating in art therapy, it is like you have two helpers: me and the art. Painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture are surprisingly powerful communicators and past clients have been astounded by what showed up and the insights that they gain through the process. By utilizing art, we tap into your brain in a very different way than just talking -- in a way that allows for new information to come to the surface and then allows you to shift how you are thinking about past experiences so you can feel hope for and look forward to what is ahead.
I’m here to support you in moving towards self acceptance and remembering the wholeness that you already are.
Katie Duncan, MS
It takes tremendous courage to take your first steps towards healing! As an art therapist, I am honored to be a witness and ally in your healing journey. I’m here to support you in moving towards self acceptance and remembering the wholeness that you already are. I believe EVERYONE of us is an artist with a unique visual language, carrying messages and gifts to aid in our healing... if only we slow down and take the time to listen. My job is to help you access yours through creating a safe, non judgmental space where you can explore art materials, develop coping skills, learn how to regulate your emotions, process pain, build self esteem, cultivate joy and ultimately come home to yourself.
There are many ways we can do this together in a session. I come from a trauma informed perspective and understanding of neurobiology and use somatic (body centered) practices, mindfulness and various kinds of creative self expression. Most importantly we will help you discover the techniques and skills that work best for you. You are the expert in your own healing and I will always follow your lead.
I’ve supported children, teens and adults with many different symptoms and life challenges including anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, ADHD, learning differences, life transition, spiritual/existential issues, identity, grief and loss and chronic illness. I have my MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy form Naropa University and a BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Tech.
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" -Pablo Picasso
Stacia Reinhardt, MA, ATR,
I am currently an Art Therapist at Shenandoah Art Therapy, and also work in the central Virginia area providing outpatient therapy (combination of talk and art based). I graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, PA 7 years ago with a degree in Art Therapy and worked during my graduate studies providing art therapy groups to children and adolescents in regular and alternative school placements in the Lehigh Valley area. Post graduation, I worked providing art and talk therapy in client homes, first through a behavior-based program, then through a program following the Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy model (ESFT). This greatly informed how I work with individuals and families, as I believe that our relationships from infancy onward impact our daily functioning.
In coming to Virginia, I continued to work with families and individuals, combining principles of CBT, Family Systems and Person-Centered theories, and adding training in Motivational Interviewing. I also work through a trauma-informed lens and take a special interest in working with families and individuals that are managing the fallout of trauma in their lives.
When not helping people find and live their best life, I enjoy hiking with my husband and dogs, any creative activity (does tiling a shower stall count?) and fostering homeless dogs for a local shelter.
I am here to provide you with the space and the materials to tell your story the way that you want to.
Maria Tricarico, MS
Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to talk about things. And that’s okay! Art therapy provides a unique opportunity to talk when you want to, and to use other means of expressing yourself when words don’t feel like they are enough. As an art therapist, I recognize that everyone has their own language and ways of processing things and I am here to provide you with the space and the materials to tell your story the way that you want to. The process of making art and engaging with your creative side can be a really powerful and helpful way to explore things that are going on in your life, and to help you find moments of insight, clarity, and peace.
I work from a person-centered approach, which means that I believe and respect that every person has innate strength, wisdom, and a capacity for growth inside of them. I use a collaborative approach to therapy where the therapist and the client work together to determine goals for therapy and we can work towards them at a pace and in a way that feels good to you. I have previous experience working with adults, teens, and children seeking therapy for a broad range of reasons, including trauma, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, identity exploration, emotional and behavioral struggles, family conflict, or adjusting to life stressors. I have a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a postgraduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Prescott College. I also have a BA in psychology and studio art from Houghton College. I am under the supervision of a board certified art therapist and am working towards my own ATR credential.
1835 Rosser Avenue, Suite 2
Waynesboro, VA 22980