Art Therapy / EMDR

(Integrative Approaches: MBSR/ EFT/ COS)

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a masters level, mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Art therapy enable you to explore your self-expression, and process of art making and the resulting artwork allows you to look into your feelings, to help you understand and reconcile your emotional conflicts, improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety, find coping skills, and restore normal function to your lives.

*Examples of effects of Art Therapy are:

- Improving emotional regulation

- Fostering self-expression

- Facilitating varied perspectives on one’s life

- Instilling constructive techniques to self-manage

- Improving communication skills 

- Promoting problem-solving skills

- Exploring, managing, and providing insight into traumatic experiences

- Helping a child/ adolescents/ adults work through difficult experiences, such as anxiety, depression 

What is EMDR?

Eye movement desensitization response is a treatment modality that was designed by psychologist, Dr. Francine Shapiro to treat symptoms of PTSD, an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing the trauma (flashbacks, nightmares), emotional numbing, and avoidance.   

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My Approaches 

In art therapy sessions, Noriko collaboratively works with you by providing a non-judgemental safe space. You are invited to explore creative expressions with various art materials based on your choice so that you can foster self-awareness to expand your ability and process emotions at your pace. This process facilitates integration and self-acceptance in order for you to move into growth and improve your well-being emotionally and physically. 

*My Therapeutic Approaches 

Help clients explore and identify their needs in the beginning of therapy sessions. Individualized treatment goals will collaboratively be set together.

Integrative approach

  • Art Therapy (Utilizing creativity & Imagination) 
  • Humanistic (Client Centered) 
  • Attachment-focused  
  • Narrative therapy 
  • Strengths-based approach
  • MBSR: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • EFT: Emotionally Focused Therapy (for couples)
  • EFIT: Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy & Trauma
  • EFFT: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
  • DBT: Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Trauma-informed approaches
  • COS: Circle of Security (Attachment-base Parenting)

*Please check the Bio under "About" for details of Noriko's experiences. 

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What is an Art Therapy session like? 

In an art therapy session, you have options whether you start creating art or talking as you feel like. For instance, you can begin expressing your feelings and as you're discussing what happened the other day, you can draw images that come up to your mind. It can be concrete images, symbols or may be abstract shapes in different colours. In other ways, you may sculpt clay to depict your bodily senses you're experiencing, make a collage by selecting photos and words to explore emotions that you had difficulty talking. During your art-making process, or when you finished creating your artwork, we may talk about any part of art-making process or finished artwork(s) so that you can reflect your own thoughts and gain awareness of your inner-world, which may lead you to find deeper understandings of your challenges or life paths, and develop positive changes. 

Instead of conveying your feelings with words, my art therapy sessions invite you to have opportunities to clarify and reorganise your thoughts through metaphoric expressions, symbolic images in a creative way. You can explore these steps in a safe and supportive environment with me in order for you to enhance self-esteem, gain strengths, and discover ways of coping. 

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Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an effective way for people who are unable to verbalize their feelings. All ages of individuals can benefit from creative process through art therapy.  

You may choose art therapy because you are experiencing difficulty describing your feelings about problems, your experience of anxiety, depression, going through or has experienced abuse (physical, psychological, etc) or any other painful life events such as grieving, severe illness since these can be too hurtful to put in words.

Further, children/ adolescents with autism, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD can gain therapeutic outcomes from art therapy. For children with special needs, exploring art with Noriko's assistance can promote their attention span and a sense of achievement. The process of creating art can assist them in communicating their thoughts and expressing their feelings, which can often be challenging through speech or writing. Through a playful and creative process, art therapy increases a child’s awareness of the world around them, others, and themselves. Noriko guides children to build various skills such as fine motor, and cognitive, problem-solving skills. The diverse sensory experiences involved in art-making are enjoyable. Those who have difficulties expressing themselves in words can experience a sense of joy, fulfillment, and accomplishment by creating art with or without verbal expression in art therapy with Noriko.

*Here's a link from the Autism Canada. You can check how Art Therapy can be beneficial for children with Autism.

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