Kellie Murphy, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
As an art therapist, I have had the good fortune to witness how the creative process and making art lead to understanding and healing. I work with my clients to identify treatment goals, then use art-making and dialogue to work towards these goals. I also incorporate dialogue, role-play, and storytelling or narrative therapy as well. I work with metaphor and reframing as these techniques are especially useful both in deep suffering and daily situations.
My Therapy Beliefs
Therapy is a relationship founded on trust, transformation, reconciliation and healing. My therapeutic approach is multi-faceted, but I believe art to be among the most significant gifts on the therapeutic path. The images we make can represent who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. Art is expressive– giving voice to the otherwise mute or hidden dimension of our being; and, in this sense, art can serve as a catalyst for deeper understanding. This is therapy: sometimes hard, sometimes surprising, sometimes joyful—but with a healing thread running through it all.
I currently work with children, adolescents and adults who experience anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, trauma, grief and loss, mind-body issues, relational issues, chronic illness, and adjustment disorder (particularly in young women) as well as people who are interested in exploring—through their own creative expression—a means to living more mindful and meaningful lives. And, because it is an integrated treatment approach, art therapy is applicable for many types of issues.
A Person-Centered Approach
Often times people want change but aren’t sure how to do it by themselves. At Peace of Mind Therapy, we take a person-centered approach to mental health so people can gain a deeper sense of self as they face life’s twists and turns. No two experiences are alike, but we’re excited to partner with you as your process the challenges you’ve experienced.