I decided to listen to me, the part of me that knew that these experiences; happy and exciting, horrible and lonely, were to be respected and to be used in the l i f e I wanted in Plymouth.
Art therapy can be described in many different ways, through many different eyes. I have met and conversed with many, I have worked side by side, and I needed it when I lost my best friend.
With this passion and experience, I knew that Art therapy would carry on with me through my schooling. I contacted my dream school in Cambridge MA., Lesley University, and asked what classes I should focus on to be able to get my Masters in Art Therapy at Lesley. They were amazing! I have spent hours upon hours talking, laughing, crying, and begging! We mapped out what my years at Plymouth State would look like. I knew I wanted to focus on Early childhood, Art and Psychology so we picked my core classes as well as extra ones that would only benefit my future.
It has been five years and I can see the light! With the help of Interdisciplinary studies I have been able to become well-rounded in all of the disciplines I have been fortunate to study (Art, Psychology and Early Childhood studies). Thus creating something new by crossing boundaries, and thinking across them. With a disciplinary background I have been able to gain experience in a wide variety of places. Many schools through student teacher observations, such as Holderness Prep where I was able to utilize some of my drama therapy lesson plans.
The Hunter School is where I volunteered Therapeutic arts this past summer. It was an a l i f e changing experience. This school connects with everything that I wish to be surrounded by. The children were eager, hopeful and excited. I knew that this was the best way for them to connect with art because it was unobtrusive. I recently was extended an invitation to have a full time job with them teaching art in a therapeutic setting such as the one I provided over the summer! I am so honored and excited to yet again start another chapter in my l i f e.
These are some art that I have done in my own therapy sessions as well as with students. I recently started engraving wood, which is such a therapeutic experience!