Emily Duhaime

MA, LPC, ATR

 

Your sessions are unique to you.  You may choose to incorporate any or all of the elements of transpersonal counseling, art therapy and ritual at any given time. Call to schedule a session for yourself today.

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Transpersonal Art Psychotherapy

Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist

What is Transpersonal Psychology?

Transpersonal psychology integrates spiritual wisdom traditions with the insights and methods of psychology.  The word transpersonal means literally “beyond the mask”, referring to self-transcendence, or a sense of self-identity that is deeper, higher, broader and more unified with the whole.

Our everyday symptoms, ailments and irritations that so persistently call our attention, actually help bring us back into wholeness by pointing us to look back at places and ways in which we separated from parts of our selves through the wounds of our childhood.  With connection, expression and care for these old wounds, we integrate.  We learn to simultaneously be the one to feel and express what needs to be felt and said while at the same time learn to be the healthy adult that holds space for this work and nurtures that child within.  I often think of it like digging for lost treasure ~ it is indeed hard work and yet the rewards are simply incredible.  We descend together into the wound, hear its story and feel its experience, all with gentleness and love and then, the gold that no longer needs to be kept hidden, is carried to the surface.  

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a 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.  It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.  Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.

-American Art Therapy Association, Inc.

Why Ritual?

As we create ritual in therapy, we step from the ordinary into the sacred. We move into deeper connection with ourselves and the world, marking this unique moment in our lives. Ritual asks us to be active and intentional participants in the unfolding of our story.  Whether we create ritual to grieve the loss of a loved one or a part of our selves, or to celebrate the start of a new chapter in our lives ~ the birth of a baby, a wedding, a divorce, a new school year or a birthday ~ ritual helps to mark the spot, to catch us up physically, emotionally and energetically and to remind us of our true nature.