Individual Therapy for Adults

Play like a kid and reflect like an adult. Tap the wisdom of your unconscious and the collective unconscious to support inspired direction in life. In the safe, still, space of the art therapy studio, experience the wisdom of the past, present and future in the present moment through attuned awareness and creative expression. See your stories in fresh ways, as the art appears, fostering both an inner connection with the self and an outer connection with the divine. Seeing is believing. Believing is seeing.

Through therapeutic art-making, we connect simultaneously with our own unique way of being in the world and our sense of oneness and connection to all that is. Art-making has existed throughout the ages as a way of expressing simultaneously the personal and collective experience of human kind.  In the suspended stillness of the art-making studio, truth reveals itself through our creations and our understanding of them. We direct our attention quite specifically to the inner stirrings of the soul and listen fully and deeply to what needs to be expressed, heard and acted upon to feel fully alive.  Art-making is fun and relaxing, rich and evocative. Art is an embodied knowing, which can be amplified through other modalities such as movement, writing and breath work. Individual art therapy contributes beautifully to mind, body and spirit knowing, fostering awareness and wellness. Experience it to understand it!

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Call Darci at (204) 293-3869 to experience this transformative process.

  

Individual Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Darci supports children and adolescents to discover and assert their authentic selves through the expressive arts and play leading to an increased sense of joy, connection and confidence.

Darci has worked with children challenged by Autism, PDD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, loss, trauma, anger, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, separation and divorce.

An experiential therapy treatment plan addresses symptoms in a way that is fun for the child, using art, sand tray, writing, movement, breath, drama, and play therapy strategies. For more information please contact Darci.

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Children

Children naturally and fluently speak the languages of play and art. Darci provides a safe, playful, non-judgmental space in which to utilize these tools. Darci uses directive therapy approaches, which target specific outcomes with specific interventions, as well as non-directive therapy which follows the lead of the child. The child feels seen and heard reducing the need for acting out behaviors.

Common byproducts of self-expression are joy, relief and confidence, thus resulting in greater freedom of expression and reduced anxiety. The gift to the child is the tapping and expression of the authentic self.

Adolescents

In adolescence teens assert their independence and individuality. They also become highly aware of and susceptible to the influence of peers. The expressive arts honour the full expression of the self and provide a particularly satisfying and safe container for expression of one’s shadow side.

Teens’ feelings, views, and experiences are normalized and valued for their originality and uniqueness. Feelings and thoughts which may seem confusing and at times intolerable are distanced through the arts creating a sense of self-acceptance, well being and confidence.

Stories of Personal Growth and Transformation

Stories of personal growth and transformations.

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Registration or More Info

See www.wheatinstitute.com for further training. For more information about individual or group counselling, groups, classes or other sessions or to register for any event, please contact Darci by phone at (204) 293-3869, or send her an email at express-yourself@shaw.ca.

“The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give voice to it. The therapist would then be an artist of the soul, working with sufferers to enable them to find the proper container for their pain, the form in which it would be embodied.”

~ Stephen Levine

“The focus on the body, movement and the expressive arts as a healing approach is based on the premise that the imprints of life events are housed within the body. When remaining at the unconscious level these imprints may lead to imbalance and conflict; when explored and expressed consciously and creatively the connections between the body, mind and emotion make a vital contribution to the artful development of the self.”

~ Daria Halprin, Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy

Tasting Mindfulness

“Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely, of being in your body so completely, of being in your life so completely, that what you knew and what you didn’t know that what had been and what was yet to come and the way things are right now no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord?

It would be a moment of complete presence, beyond striving, beyond mere acceptance, beyond the mere desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead, a moment of pure being, no longer in time, a moment of pure seeing, pure feeling, a moment in which life simply is, and that “isness” grabs you by all your senses, all your memories, by your very genes, by your loves, and welcomes you home.”

~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, Coming to Our Senses, p. 143