Kara Wetzel MA, LMHC, MT-BC, REAT
Expressive Arts Therapy.
Individualized Art & Music Therapy sessions are available on a weekly or bi-weekly
basis and can run from 45-90 minutes and are tailored to address your specific needs.
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques. (AATA)
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
Music Therapy is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, the qualified music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients' abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people's motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings. (AMTA)
Mindful Art Studio
An Open Studio is a workroom that is open to all, where artistic or creative work takes place collaboratively. Artists and non-artists alike come together in the open studio to foster creativity and encourage experimentation in a non-judgmental atmosphere of creative exchange, conversation, encouragement, and freedom of expression. Watercolor paints, oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, clay, charcoal pencil, collage materials and other mixed media will be offered. Come explore you creativity with us! $20-25/session • No experience necessary • All art materials are provided—but you are free to bring something you are working on to share with the group • Open Studio sessions must be reserved at least 24-hour in advance • Monthly membership available • Each Open Studio session is limited to 6 participants • Groups offered for Adults, Teens, and Children