Social Action Art Therapy: Totems and Spirit Animals
Emily has been utilizing spirit totems and spirit animals into her work with eating disorders for the past 5 years. She uses them as metaphors for the clients internal sense of self, a ground technique, and creating a more body positive mentality.
She enjoys integrating this with Chakra points and energy healing to help clients develop a stronger sense of self, create unique identities and provide a stronger, more supportive frame work for long term recovery.
Social Action Art Therapy: Peace Poles
It has been Emily's dream to blend her love of helping others with her love of Social Action, Civil Rights and Social Change.
Through this drive she created a Masters Thesis which proved that groups of counselors could experience stress reduction when creating a social action based piece of art, a peace pole.
Seeing the empirical implications of this after graduation she had her thesis published by The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Since them Emily has continued her research by creating peace poles with adults diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, clients diagnosed with Eating Disorders and Adults with mental illness. It is her hope to continue this work across the county, across all diagnoses, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions etc.
Emily currently run's workshops on Peace Pole creation, Peace Pole for Self-Care, Peace Poles for clients self-expression, and Peace Poles as part of Eating Disorder Treatment.