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Other Mother's Day

Mother’s Day 2019 is fast approaching and the birth of the latest royal baby in Britain is all over the news. I was born in London but grew up in the US. I visited my British grandparents many summers of my childhood and still have family…
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State of Heart

Each February for approximately the past decade, I have created my own “heart” image to try to express the current emotional state of my heart. For years working in community mental health settings, I facilitated a weekly Women’s Art Therapy…
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Resources for Infertility and/or Pregnancy Loss

Infertility/Pregnancy Loss is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. The inability to conceive and/or produce longed for children can be utterly devastating. It can test even the most resilient of people, the strongest relationships and…
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HeArts for Baby Carriage ON EXHIBIT!

If you are in or near Chicago/Evanston, please check out the brave group art exhibit and special events: Challenging Conception: the Art of Infertility in Chicago/Evanston, 10/13/18 from 6 - 9 pm at The Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave,…
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Community Challenge Project: Hearts for Baby Carriage

HeArts for Baby Carriage: Heartache/Heartbreak Thank you for your interest in the HeArts for Baby Carriage project. The intention is to fill my antique baby carriage with hundreds of small sewn stuffed hearts. The hearts are tokens of remembrance:…
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Reasons Why Schools Need Expressive Therapists

I recently finished watching Season 1 of the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” based on the book of the same name by Jay Asher. Season 2 is available on Netflix starting today. The show candidly tackles subjects such as bullying, cyber bullying,…
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Mama-thon: the marathon of Motherhood

“Mama” & “Is she yours?” These are the two phrases that are the most shocking to me since I became a mom over 5 years ago. That anybody would call me “Mama” or “Mommy” still sometimes catches me off guard after years of infertility…
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Agent of Change

As a counselor and art therapist I consider myself an “agent of change”. I see my role as assisting my clients in becoming their own agents of change (assuming most people seek Counseling because there are aspects of themselves or their…
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The Creative Process: Manifestation

To manifest is to make something visible. In essence, creating is making something known that was not before. Art making is self-actualizing. Through the act of making things, we define aspects of ourselves. By cooking a wonderful dinner for…
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The Creative Process: Exploration

Exploration is the stage of the creative process that requires the most courage. Some even skip incubation and preparation and surrender themselves to exploring. In art therapy, the therapist often prepares the space and the materials so that…