I believe that therapy is work–
work that can be enjoyable, enlightening, creative and exciting!
My name is Alana R. Karsch and I am an Expressive Arts Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and MFT Intern. I have a unique private practice which includes deep healing work as a talk therapist and a strong focus on using my training as an Expressive Arts Therapist to revolutionize the way we work together. My specialty is using the expressive arts in sessions, workshops and groups to complement and facilitate therapeutic change. I believe in using the arts as an alternative language in therapy– in addition to talking. Using art modalities in concert with talking is a nice way to synthesize the experience of expressing inner thoughts and feelings creatively.
Personally, I am fluent in photography, dance, creative writing and some visual arts. In session, the arts I provide as options vary depending on the client. I use arts in therapy as much or as little as is appropriate for a particular person. I find that adding an element of non-verbal communication can sometimes elicit a truthful interaction that might otherwise have been difficult to achieve. We work together to see which languages fit you best, and which ones help you stretch and grow and blossom.
Aside from using the arts, my style of therapy is intuitive and eclectic. I tend to be person-centered, while also providing assignments and direct suggestions when it seems helpful. I have years of experience doing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, using a Satir Family Systems approach and looking for symbolism in art with a Jungian perspective. I am fascinated by and in love with people and their stories. I would love to hear yours.
I am accepting new clients by phone/Skype only. I especially enjoy helping people work through self-esteem, identity, life-stage transitions, gender identity/LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depressive symptoms, and creative dry spells. These are, by no means, limits to who I will work with. If you are curious about experiencing the expressive arts in therapy, please consider calling me for a session.
I’m here to help draw out the best in you.