HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY
ENLISTING CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY TO HELP YOU TO SHOW UP IN YOUR LIFE, RELATIONSHIPS & COMMUNITIES IN A WAY THAT FEELS GOOD.
I work with adults (of all genders & orientations) who feel stuck.
Stuck in their ability to show up in their lives in the ways they want to – in relationship, in community, in their bodies, in old stories and narratives of who they are and what they want. Folks that want to be fueled by their values, not their fears. Who want to be moving forward with curiosity and creativity, not numbly and complacently following someone else’s rules. Rules that are so often oppressive, racist, misogynist, exclusive, deflating, and limiting …because fuck that.
We work together, in collaboration – developing a practice of learning to notice what your actual experience is in any given moment… learning to trust yourself, and attend to yourself, so that you have the capacity to step OUT of oppressive narratives, and into your values. So that you can BE in the world in a way that feels good.
And we do that through a combination of talk therapy and art-making… mucking about with art materials, and words, and ideas, and emotions to see how they make you feel. To see how they can bend, and move, and intersect. We’ll dig in. We’ll pause, and express, and notice. We’ll make some space for all of it to unfold, and be. Some space (literal and metaphorical) to breathe – to make a mess, to see, to ask questions, to let yourself feel what you feel… and move through it towards a different sort of understanding. A movement forward. Unstuck.
NO EXPERIENCE WITH ART OR ART MATERIALS IS NEEDED.
SHAUNA KAENDO (BFA, DVATI)
Art Therapist | Workshop Facilitator | Organizational & Individual Creative Process Facilitation | Community Development
ART THERAPY IS A COLLABORATION OF ART-MAKING, COUNSELLING, AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Creating different kinds of space and opportunity for expression and understanding. Because sometimes words just don’t suffice.
CREATIVITY BEGINS BEFORE WE HAVE ART MATERIALS IN OUR HANDS. It begins with personal and collective agency, with the decision(s) that we make to seek community, support, and space. It feels important to describe and recognize creativity as more than an art-related process, but also a way that we can live, imagine, understand, and create change in our lives.
ART THERAPY is grounded in the belief that creative process, self-expression, and supported reflection can help us to have a clearer understanding of where we’re at right now …what we need… and to be able to imagine and make the changes that we’re looking for. Using creativity and expression to find balance, ground ourselves, manage stress, anxiety, mental health issues and the myriad of other un-eases that trip us up in our daily lives.
The arts help us to maintain a balance between what science shows us (and that can often make us painfully aware of our flawed nature and chaotic environments) and what sustains us in our “survival of life’s journey” …art being something that “soothes us, supports us, and inspires us along the way”.
– FRANCES KAPLAN: ART, SCIENCE AND ART THERAPY
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