Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy, which is a process of deepening self-awareness and discovering or rediscovering one’s internal power to overcome life’s difficulties. Art therapy utilizes art as a way to communicate feelings surrounding these difficulties. Children and adolescents often have an easier time finding the words to express their feelings using images. The art process can also be very beneficial to adults in this same capacity.
When using art therapy with individuals who have autism spectrum disorders, art can serve as a visual tool for communication, a window to the imagination, and motivation to make connections.
Cognitive behavior therapy has been shown to be helpful for reducing anxiety, depression, and behavior by making changes in thoughts and perceptions of situations through a change in cognition. CBT aims to alter maladaptive thought processes by highlighting the link between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and then cultivates new problem-solving and coping skills. CBT helps to regulate emotions, develop impulse control, and improve behavior as a result. CBT helps to reduce challenging behaviors, such as interruptions, obsessions, meltdowns or angry outbursts, while also teaching individuals how to become familiar with and manage certain feelings that may arise. CBT uses direct reinforcement, modeling, and in vivo exposures to facilitate safe and adaptive behaviors during which children and adolescents can challenge dysfunctional beliefs. CBT can be effective when working with individuals who have anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavior disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Jen offers individual and group clinical supervision to mental health professionals who are seeking to earn hours to meet the requirements for clinical licensure.
Jen is an approved supervisor for the state of Illinois providing supervision for LPC and LCPC state licensure. Contact me to set up a time to meet, to see if we are a good fit for one another.
Individual: $100 hour
Group (min of 3): $40 hour
The interactive parenting workshop will focus on parents/caregivers raising children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, or related Behavior Disorders. The Workshop will be held once a month. Interactive parenting workshop is an ongoing group, in which every workshop will be different. Parents/caregivers can attend one or multiple workshops. During the workshop parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to share ideas, provide support, and share experiences. The workshop will also allow parents to learn ways to gain a positive more effective parenting style through Jen’s guidance and coaching. During the workshop Jen will also provide opportunities for parents to process parenting experiences through short writing activities and interactions with others in the group.