Sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to express how we feel. Sometimes there are no words to describe what happened. Art therapy supports clients in using art to express their thoughts and feelings. I incorporate a myriad of media such as paint, oil pastels, fiber, collage, and 3-D art interventions to support folks in expressing their thoughts and feelings, creative problem-solving, distress tolerance, mindfulness, anxiety-reduction, and cultivating healthy coping strategies. You don't have to be an artist to benefit. Art therapy is not about making a perfect art piece, but using art as a tool to express yourself! Any art style, level, or age can participate.
Being a teen is hard. A lot is happening in the teenage brain - it is a time of growth, individualization, and lots of figuring out who you are. Emily specializes in working with teenagers and young adults as they grow and develop, navigate social media, peers, family, identity, and peer pressure.
Emily (pronouns she/her) provides gender affirming therapy for transgender, gender creative, and non-binary youth, adults, family members and partners. Emily operates from an informed consent framework and has attended trainings with Gender Spectrum, Gender Odyssey, Trans Youth Care Conference, and through the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH.) Emily is a professional member of WPATH, has participated in a consultation group with a Certified WPATH Mentor, and is currently working on her certification. Emily has experience with writing letters for gender affirming for surgery for trans-males, trans-females and non-binary clients.
When we experience trauma, it is not just our mind and memories that hold the experience, it is also our bodies. Emily comes from a trauma-focused background, and incorporates art therapy and neuroscience to support clients as they heal. Emily is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, has been trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness, and in Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing through the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy.
Emily Skelton has partnered with ARTree to provide Nest, a FREE hour of meditation and mindful, judgement-free art making. Mindfulness practices, both in meditation and in art, can help increase our ability to regulate our feelings, decrease stress, focus our attention, and observe our thoughts and feelings with curiosity and without judgement. No art experience or expertise needed. Click here to participate (scroll down on link): https://www.theartree.org/free-every-month *PLEASE NOTE THAT NEST IS A COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE, AND IS NOT CONSIDERED TO BE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. JOINING NEST DOES NOT MAKE YOU A CLIENT OF EMILY SKELTON'S. ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY CAN JOIN!
Emily Skelton has expanded! Visit the Artful Healing Center at www.theartfulhealingcenter.com