No fancy art materials needed! Most materials we will be using can be found around the house or are easily purchased. Once registered, a suggested materials list will be provided.
A dementia diagnosis is devastating for the entire family. As the disease progresses we tend to isolate and turn inward. Art therapy can provide an opportunity for connection and a means to express the parts of us there are no longer words for. I help people with dementia reconnect and stay in touch with the identity that is being overshadowed by the diagnosis. I also help caregivers build boundaries and feel supported as they navigate their way through this challenging time.
Art Therapy for Caregiver Stress
Once you are thrown into the role of a caregiver, we often put our own needs last. This can lead to burn out and overwhelm. Many of us do not even know where to start--that's why I created this series. This is a 6 week group focused on helping caregivers learn stress management skills that they can then use to create and develop a sustainable self love plan. You will learn how to care for yourself so you can care for your loved one. Each session will have a specific focus with planned experiential and discussion time.
This is a virtual group and will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30-2:30 EST and running from November 2, 2021 to December 7, 2021. Cost is $50 per session
Early Memory Loss Watercolor Group
This is a virtual group and is for folks in the early stages of dementia. No previous art experience necessary. This group is designed for folks with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia to be able to communicate thoughts and feelings through art. This type of diagnosis can induce feelings of helplessness and isolation and often times we do not know how best to support our loved ones. This group provides your loved one a safe space to express themselves, connect with others, and explore their inner world without having to guard or protect themselves. This is a reoccurring group that will be held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30a EST. Cost is $65 a session.
Art Therapy for Caregivers Ongoing Support Group
This is an hour long, intimate group with limited availability.
This is a virtual art therapy group and will be held on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 ESTstarting on October 28th. This is a reoccurring group which means you get to carve out time for yourself regularly every Thursday without even leaving the house. Cost is $65 per session.
Sessions will range from planned topics, material exploration, learning techniques and open studio with reflection at the end.
Early Onset Art Therapy Support Group
This group is folks in Maryland or Delaware with an early onset diagnosis and is focused on coping skills, support and socialization. Sessions will range from open studio, material exploration, visualizations and guided exercises with discussion at the end of each session. No previous art experience needed or required.