Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, drawing, clay, collage and even digital media such as photography and tablet technology. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship. Art therapy is not to be confused with regular art classes. While they both create art, art therapy involves working with a registered or board-certified art therapist who guides you through the creative process while exploring how it relates to your emotional process.
Ellaine has been an art therapist for 27 years offering individual and group therapy, as well as a wide variety of workshops and retreats. She is a masters level clinician, who also incorporates all of the creative arts therapies - music, movement, drama, breath work, and mindfulness into her work with clients. Working with individuals and groups to facilitate healing and self knowledge has been Ellaine’s passion and service in this world.
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Visual Journaling: When Words Are Not Enough –
1st Sunday of the month, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Kowerk Executive Suites
801 Northpoint Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Using Art to Heal. No artistic ability necessary! An opportunity to learn a new way to express yourself. Often when we are experiencing deep emotions, there are no words that can convey the intensity of what we are feeling. This can be overwhelming or confusing. The visual journaling process can provide a safe container and effective way to identify, express, and manage your emotions.
Masks: Beyond the Mask
This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the process and products of creative mask making. Participants will discover how mask making can be used as a therapeutic tool for self-awareness and growth. They will make masks and through creative rituals explore feelings, thoughts, and ideas.
Treasure Mapping: Mapping the Course of Your Dreams.
Treasure Mapping involves creating a physical representation or collage of what you want to achieve. The visual image acts as a constant reminder and representation of your goals to achieve your dream. Visualization acts on your subconscious mind to motivate and encourage you towards achieving those goals and dream. In the workshop, participants will identify goals and dream, and create their own treasure map!
Mandalas: Finding Your Center, Even When Your World is Spinning.
This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the process using mandalas to be used as a therapeutic tool for stress reduction, self-awareness and growth. They will make mandalas individually and as a group process.
Touch Drawing: Drawing Out Your Soul.
Touch drawing is a simple, yet profound process developed by Debra Koff-Chapin. Trained by Debra Koff-Chapin, Ellaine will lead participants through the touch drawing process, where paper is placed over wet paint, and then the pressure of fingertips on the page forms images on the underside.
“The hands are extensions of the soul, moving in response to the sensations of the moment.” Debra Koff-Chapin
A series of drawings will be created, as an opportunity for greater self exploration.
Image by Debra Koff-Chapin
Altered Books – Metaphors of Significant Changes in Your Life
In this workshop, participants will learn how to create an altered book. They will change a book from its original form into a different form, that acts as a metaphor of a significant change which has altered their lives.