Mental Health Counseling & Art Therapy

with Johanna Pike, LPC, ATR

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One of the first steps to finding a counselor is to research who is available, see what their experience and specialties are, and in general, acknowledge that intuition you feel upon reading about them. It's important to find someone you think you will feel comfortable with and who has education related with their career path.

*if you are not interested in art therapy, talk therapy is available as well*

Ages:  Individual Sessions for ages 14-Adult

Specializing in: Therapeutic Counseling for those suffering from Anxiety, Stress, Trauma, Depression, Low Self-Esteem, Adjustment. 

Scheduling:  Call 860-288-2368  for a brief phone assessment and to schedule an intake.

Parking:  Parking can be either in front of the building, or in one of the multiple parking lots in downtown Putnam

Payment:

  • Out of Pocket: $125 per session
  • Insurance: Anthem, Husky

Current Open Slots:

  • Wednesdays 2:30pm - 6 :30pm
  • Thursdays 2:30pm - 6 :30pm

About Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy? According to the American Art Therapy Association, "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." (ArtTherapy.org)

During our sessions, we will explore multiple art therapy interventions, or projects, that are centered around any of the issue you want to work on. As an art therapist, I will work with you to discover what materials you are most comfortable using. There is no right or wrong way to create, and the outcome is never judged. Art therapy is based on the process you go through while creating and how you relate to the image on a personal level. There is NO art experience required. Often people will say they are not creative, but that isn't true! Everyone can be creative and utilizing this part of you can help with problem solving skills and decision making.  These art therapy sessions are a safe place for you to give it a try.

Topics to explore in Session

SELF-ESTEEM:

Many people struggle with low self-esteem, you are not alone! Just as people build muscle, you can build up your own confidence. Art therapy can help increase your self-esteem with healthy risk taking, self-exploration, and a variety of therapeutic art interventions that will allow you to discover all the unique aspects of your self. The more you work with this, the more it will naturally come to you and you will see it in your everyday life!

RELATIONSHIPS:

There are plenty of different reasons people struggle with relationships. Creating around relationships in art therapy can help a client fully explore how they see the relationship, what they are gaining, what they are loosing, and more. Utilizing this process can help a client gain insight on where exactly issues are stemming from as well as explore their own problem solving skillls around the issues.

TRANSITIONS:

Transitions can be difficult, even if they came about in a positive light. No matter the situation, art therapy will help you explore the transition fully. Creating around how things were before, how they are now, and how you want them to be is just one example of expressing yourself around the transition. We will not only examine the transition, but explore ways to increase your confidence around it.

CAREER:

Art therapy can involve lots of self-exploration and creative thinking. With these skills, you can find out more about yourself and be able to problem solve career areas that you may not be satisfied with. Discover your unique talents and create a positive vision of the future. With art therapy you will create around what career you feel may be calling your name or what might be missing from your current career.

CREATIVITY:

What is so unique about art therapy is that it focuses on the process of creating rather than the product. This doesn't just benefit you aesthetically, but it helps with your everyday creative ideas and solutions. Being creative in front of others can be intimidating for some, but in a therapeutic environment there is a safe place for you to explore your own creativity without the fear of judgement. The more you practice being creative, the more it will become a part of your life.

 

About Johanna

Education and Experience: I graduated in 2011 from Eastern CT State University with a Bachelors degree in Visual Arts and Psychology. From there I went onto graduate school at Lesley University for 3 years where I received a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapies: Art Therapy with Specialization in Mental Health Counseling. I have worked in various settings, including homeless shelters, substance abuse clinics, and vocational programs. I have had most of my experience in an expressive therapies program in Norwich, CT working with ages 14-adult suffering mainly from PTSD, anxiety,and depression. In 2016 I decided to partake in becoming a Certified Life Coach from the Life Purpose Institute as an addition to my clinical experience. I have since gained my professional counseling license, #3414, and have decided to open up a private practice in the lovely downtown of Putnam, CT. In addition to my practice, I work alongside Silver Circle Art Gallery (where my office is located) to promote various types of therapeutic art programs to the community.

Therapeutic Style: I really try to connect to my clients in a down to earth fashion. I meet them where they are and we work together to break down any issues they are dealing with. I work very person-centered, highlighting their skills, talents, courage, and all successes they have and will accomplish. I often use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients become self-aware of their thoughts and actions and gaining control. I also work in a humanistic fashion, where I want to emphasize the importance of every person I work with. I firmly believe we all have unique gifts that can help us recognize our purpose. I am a registered Art Therapist, and therefore creating art plays a large role in my practice. That being said, clients do not have to create art if it is not something they are interested in.

Hobbies: Personal interests for me include being in nature, hiking, fishing, reading, listening to music, painting, and more!

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