Creative Arts Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art and other forms of expression to explore therapeutic issues. Creativity is the language of the unknowable, divinely loving, and magical part of ourselves that needs to be unearthed and recovered, in order to heal, in all facets of our lives.
Mindfulness is a form of attending to the body, and being full present and consciously aware of the NOW. This often involves various meditation practices, but body activation can take on many forms. And this is ESSENTIAL, particularly with attachment wounds, because it is so EMBODIED.
Most people know EXACTLY what their issues are, so insight is NOT a problem for them. BREAKING the PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ADDICTION they have to reliving and attracting that same romantic scenario over and over again--that's the real rub.
As a creative arts therapist, I approach therapy and treatment from an multidimensional perspective, including five basic rules:
In my practice, I like to play with metaphor, mindfulness, and energetic activation in the body, which includes surrendering to the moment and embracing what is without feeling pressured to change it.
Self-compassion is at the root of my therapeutic philosophy.
It is not about being solution-focused and producing for the sake of “getting results,” or “failing to launch” and waiting for the world to come to you; its about finding ways to act with informed intention towards a harmonious and loving acceptance of self.
Paradoxically, once you figure out how to slow down and pay attention to what’s going on inside you, you’ll be surprised at how fast everything else falls in to place outside of you!
Through a self-directed framework, this course offers individuals who suffer with attachment wounds the opportunity to revisit and revise damaging old patterns of living and loving, while helping you to construct more positive narratives and a stronger relationship to your FEELINGS without becoming overwhelmed, distrustful of yourself, or too scared so you shut down and runaway.
Here's how it works, in only two simple steps:
1. With a blend of guided meditation and imagery, we gently titrate all that anxious energy stored up in your body and neural pathways surrounding your attachment experiences. This creates enough spaciousness in the body and in the brain to build NEW neural networks, in a healthier framework, using the language of the body and the unconscious.
2. To stimulate and activate your intellect and your creativity (which is usually a strength of people with attachment wounds!) I also provide demonstrations and psycho-educational videos and tutorials to help you re-frame your experiences. This helps you to see your triggers and put the breaks on before you end up driving over that cliff again!
Basically, this course brings your mind and your body into couples therapy, and teaches each party how to communicate in each other's language.
This course drips 7 sessions over the course of 7 weeks, and includes the following topic areas:
1. Attachment, Complicated Grief and Addiction: Illuminating the Intersections
2. Transforming Anxious Feelings
3. The Origins of Attachment
4. Brain Chemistry and Relationships
5. Exploring our Love Patterns
6. Shedding Self Fulfilling Prophecies
7. Reclaiming the Sacred Body
What are the benefits?
In a nutshell, healthier relationships. But honestly, that doesn’t go far enough. What does a "healthier relationship" LOOK like? What do people in healthy relationships do?
I could go on, but you get the idea. Does this sound like something you can picture? More importantly, does it sound like something you want?
On a scale of 1-10, 1 being "unable", and 10 being "fully capable", how well do you think you can get their on your own?
How well do you think you can get there WITH HELP?
Let this course be your first step.
Also, if you take this course and decide you'd like to work with me personally and receive an individual coaching session or package, I offer discounted rates to participants who finish all the lesson modules.
If you have any problems or technical difficulties, please contact Briana MacWilliam at [email protected]
After graduating with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in psychology, Briana MacWilliam moved to New York City where she earned her Master’s in Professional Studies and Creative Arts Therapy (MPS) from Pratt Institute.
For over a decade, Ms. MacWilliam has practiced as a Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Therapist (ATR-BC, LCAT) in various healthcare settings throughout New York City, working predominantly with traumatized women and addiction. For the past four years, she worked as a research coordinator at the Amen Clinics Inc., an agency focused on using brain scans and SPECT technology to provide accurate diagnosis and integrative treatment for mental health problems, poor nutrition, and other obscure conditions.
Dr. Amen has been a guest on CNN, PBS, Dr. Oz, Entertainment Television, Dr. Phil, The View, TedX, Rachel Ray, Larry King, and more. To learn more about The Amen Method, which focuses on the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life and treatment, click here. To take an online brain health assessment, click here.
Currently, in addition to private practice, Ms. MacWilliam is a professor for Pratt Institute’s Graduate Creative Arts Therapies Department, where she teaches personality development, thesis research and clinical supervision.
Writing, drawing, and painting have always been her passion, and she strongly believes in the curative powers of the creative process.
To learn more, please visit her website at brianamacwilliam.com. Or her community blog for artists and writers at Yellow Bricks. You can also follow her weekly posts on mindfulness and artmaking on Instagram or her Facebook Page.