During turbulent and intense times such as these, many people are searching for ways to reduce stress, anxiety and maintain a sense of well being. Expressive arts is one way to help not only people who may need a healthy outlet to express themselves but also creatives who may find themselves blocked in otherwise unleashing their creative gifts. This episode focuses on expressive arts and how it can benefit you as a unique, theraputic and meditative practice for self care.
Kara Ashley-Gilmore is our guest for this podcast episode. Kara a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Art Therapist, and mixed-media artist. Through her counseling practice Mountain Creative Arts, , based in Hendersonville, North Carolina,, Kara helps people learn to cope with their anxiety symptoms and deal with overwhelming and stressful situations through combining her knowledge of art with techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness-Based practices, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Somatic practices, and Trauma and Resiliency models to provide trauma-focused counseling and art therapy. She holds a Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, a Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, MA and has been Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina since 2014.
During this episode we explore what is expressive arts and how can this practice serve as a tool for self care for anyone.
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