My hands are perpetually traced with glitter. Cornstarch and contact solution are standard materials in my art budget. Kinetic sand is the anchor point in my office. The slime craze has gone viral, not just in my office, but in art stores, schools, blogs, and at home....

It seems that society here in the West does not always operate in a way that empowers folks who quickly become overstimulated. Just to mention a few examples:

-Coffeehouses and downtown restaurants often have noisy dining rooms with tables close together, music blaring,...

Happy New Year!  One of Shenandoah Art Therapy's goals for the new year is to bring you a collection of free podcasts related to mental wellness.  To kick it off, I had the great pleasure of speaking with a fabulous guest and colleague, Rachel Isak-Peer.  Rachel is an...

December 22, 2016

News-worthy message about grief

Whether you've lost loved ones recently and this is the first holiday season without them, or it's been several years since your loss, but it is still very present and painful, please know you are not alone. This can be a very difficult t...

Suicide is one of the most difficult issues in our culture to talk about and face.  I could cite some really hard to read statistics about suicide and how common it is.  However, I think it is much more useful to share that of all the clients with whom I’ve worked over...

The stress of school starting back up

School supply lists, new schedules, new teachers, early mornings, forgetting lunch, grieving the loss of summer, feeling anxious about separating from mom and dad, piles of homework, catching up with friends, bullying, fitting in, a...

Sensory Processing

Do you know that awful sensation you can get when you wear scratchy clothing?  How about feeling sensitive to loud noises, like vacuums or airplanes?  What about only being able to eat foods with certain textures or tolerate pressured touch?  These ar...

 

In preparing for the Art: the Road to Recovery art show, (a collaborative effort between Western State Hospital, NAMI, Mental Health America of Augusta, the Staunton Augusta Art Center and Shenandoah Art Therapy) in addition to learning about some other community oppo...

 

I often talk with clients about the metaphor that healing emotional wounds is similar to the process of healing physical wounds. To heal a physical wound, we often need to look at the injured area to assess the depth and immediate needs necessary to stabilize the woun...

 

Happy 2016!  Whether you are easing into the new year or January 1st came and went in a flash, here we are in a new beginning.  The new year may bring many thoughts ranging from 'this is going to be my year,' to 'here we go again.'  With the expectations and demands o...

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