Fire can warm or consume,water can quench or drown,wind can caress or cut. And so it is with human relationships; we can both create and destroy, nurture and terrorize, traumatize and heal each other.

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The Expressive modalities (ExAT) I practice integrates expressive art(s) therapy, Psychodrama, process work & somatics. The methodologies I am trained in are time-tested, evidence-based and aligned to the latest neuroscience research on the psycho-sensory-neuro-biological factor(s) [‘bottom-up approach’] to mental & emotional well-being.

I embrace a ‘low skill - high sensitivity’ approach to trauma recovery, translating to -

  • Leveraging creativity as a life force and resource for post-traumatic growth & healing.
  • Orienting to individual inclination and preferred expressive modalities.
  • Sensory sequencing using the bottom up approach by prioritising the unmet needs of sensorimotor, limbic and peripheral nervous system.
  • Aligning the expressive processes for new choice making and completing survival / defensive responses.

The work of therapy is to bridge our IMAGINATION with our SOMATIC intelligence.

Why consider Somatic-Expressive-Creative Art(s) therapies?

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  • Assist the integration of the left & right hemispheres of the brain through intentional gross and micro-body movement(s).
  • Aid sensory and nervous system regulation to foster relational safety and social (ventral vagal) engagement.
  • Scaffold a sense of self through anchoring on our life force of imagination, creativity and spontaneity.
  • Consolidate implicit memory and tacit emotions through present moment experiencing in the ‘here & now’.
  • Soothe traumatic stress symptoms includes anxiety, chronic pain, depressed mood, hypervigilance and emotional dysregulation.

If you are curious to discuss this further, ask here!

Art that arises out of the inner landscape, and is connected to our lived experience, illuminates the darkness and heals the soul.