While we can increasingly understand human suffering through science, healing human pain and fostering human joy is truly an art. What’s more, as deeply social creatures, it takes a village to create an environment in which human beings can thrive. For these reasons, I am incredibly honored to lead the Healing Arts Program at Code and Canvas, a warm and creative space where artists, technologists, and scientists come together to feed our need to be creative and to collaborate with the people around us. The result is an inclusive and healing community focused on doing whatever we can to connect with and serve the greater community.
As a psychotherapist among artists and technologists, I have the unique opportunity to leverage the health benefits of art in my work with individuals, couples, and families. On a personal level, creating, sharing, and experiencing art fosters personal awareness, enhances self regulation, catalyzes growth, and facilitates brain integration. On an interpersonal level, the arts are a great way to improve relational bonds and social cohesion. When you walk into Code and Canvas’s welcoming, non-judgmental, and creative community you can feel the healing power of art at work. Our environment has a huge impact on our mood and health. My clients consistently tell me that they love the space and the open, curious, and accepting folks within it.
When I am not seeing clients I collaborate with artists (and healing artists) in the community to present healing arts workshops that explore the ‘art and science of’ some of the most pressing mental health topics facing our community. From trauma processing, to building a healthy relationship, to being the best parent possible, all of our ‘art and science of’ workshops begin with the science behind why and how people come to struggle with the topic at hand. We find that the science can be normalizing and validating, giving participants the courage to experiment with some of the healing arts techniques that our expert facilitators have to offer.
We are always looking to partner with great healing artists and artists in the community. If you have an idea for a workshop or would like to collaborate, we’d love to hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to support our efforts to provide healing arts services on a true, sliding scale, we welcome and appreciate all donations.