Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is HARD. Many of us have been engaging in varying forms of quarantine, isolation, and social distancing for 18 months. Over the spring and summer, the roll out of the vaccine brought some hope. Just… Read moreCOVID-19 and Burnout: We Were Not Made for This
A lot of LGBTQ / LGBTQIA individuals I know are skeptical of the mental health field. And with good reason! Even though I am a drama therapist, I would never judge someone for not feeling comfortable seeking therapy. But why… Read moreWhy is finding LGBTQ affirming therapy hard?
A question that comes up time and again is, “What differentiates drama therapy from psychotherapy?” As someone with a background and training in theatre, drama, and performance studies, this question is a frequent source of confusion and frustration. Because the… Read moreDrama Therapy and its Roots in Theatrical Techniques
I am someone who has dedicated my life’s work and study to the Arts and Humanities. It is why I ultimately decided to pursue drama therapy. I know that in the US especially, I am fighting an uphill battle. But… Read moreTheoretical Foundations of Drama Therapy: Thinking Outside the Binary
There is a common, popular narrative in mental health. That mental illness is caused by faulty brain chemicals. People with depression have brains that cannot produce enough serotonin. Those with ADHD lack dopamine. This narrative attempts to reduce cultural stigma… Read moreYour brain isn’t broken: Mental health in late capitalism
An important aspect of being a creative arts (or expressive arts) therapist is being an advocate and a translator. It is not unlike being an ambassador from a foreign country. Each of the creative arts therapies represents a unique theoretical… Read moreWhite Supremacy and Psychotherapy: How have you managed not to know?
One of the struggles of being a creative arts therapist is helping others understand what that means. I created this Venn diagram to help. I want to show how multiple fields and approaches have developed in an attempt to understand… Read moreWhat is the scope of practice of creative arts therapies?
Remember that we’re nine months into a global pandemic. We are experiencing a form of collective trauma. Not to mention political and racial unrest, a series of natural disasters, and a high rate of unemployment. The days are getting shorter…. Read moreBurnout and Trauma Exposure: You Know When Something Isn’t Right
We are currently experiencing a global pandemic, which is a form of collective trauma. Most people are used to associating the word trauma with things like the horrors of war combat, or possibly sexual assault or domestic violence. There are… Read moreIntroduction to the Nervous System: Fight/Flight/Freeze