Spending too much time on screens (or concerned others around you might be)?
Finding it hard to unhook from the 24 hour news cycle and social media?
Wondering how to be truly present in your interactions?
Craving breathing room, some time for yourself, a pause?
Mindfulness and expressing yourself creatively are evidence-based approaches to reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Our group, Creating Calm, is a place to pause, breathe, and explore the creative process. Meetings are every other Thursday from 7 pm - 9 pm in San Mateo for a total of ten sessions and are open to those who identify as women. You’ll learn practices and develop habits you can apply in your everyday life to get in touch with more inner and outer calm. In between sessions we will email you with optional homework suggestions to spark your creativity and encourage you to build and maintain habits that will become part of your self-care routine. We encourage a resilient spirit in meeting the demands of your life, and support a growth mindset, one that fosters curiosity and a passion for learning through experiences. Both of the skilled facilitators use various forms of creative practice daily, and can give you support, guidance, and while holding you lovingly accountable for your own mental health goals.
Q: What’s the first step?
A: Interviews are starting now and are $175 for a fifty-minute session. The cost of the interview will be refunded if the group is not the right fit for you.
Q: How do I schedule an interview?
A: Call Ari-Asha at 650.762.8602 or Bridget at 650-539-4325.
Q: What will the group cost?
A: The total group cost is $1000 for ten two hour sessions ($100 per session), to be paid in two $500 installments.
From Ari-Asha: I am a trained and Registered Art Therapist with multiple years of post-graduate training in both couple's therapy and Focusing-Oriented Art Therapy, an evidence-based somatic mindfulness approach. I am currently completing a full year training program focused entirely on group therapy and am looking forward to bringing my deepened learning into Creating Calm.
From Bridget: I have a passion for groups. I am in a two-year program working toward a Person-Centered Expressive Arts Certificate. All I can say about expressive art therapy is: "This stuff works!” In our group, we will create safety, never forcing you to share if you don’t want to. I have lived the experience of art bringing me home to myself and I hope I can walk alongside you on your journey.
Note: Our office is up one flight of stairs. If this doesn’t work for you, let us know.
Q: I am not an artist, should I/can I come?
A: This group is about a process, not a product. You need NO previous art experience or skills to attend. (So, yes!)
Q: I can’t draw a stick figure. Are you really sure it’s ok if I come? Will I still get anything out of the group?
A: We will always offer options! There are many ways to “make art” and we have ideas about how to make your creating time meaningful no matter what. Who knows, you might surprise yourself!
Q: What if I am in individual therapy?
A: No problem. We can work with your individual therapist to make sure we are on the same page and support the work you are doing in your other therapy.
Q: What if I am super nervous about groups?
A: Great! This will help you have more comfort in every group you are a part of, maybe even in your family.
Q: What will we do in the group?
A: In general, the format will include a mindfulness activity, a check-in, invitations to art/creative expression with prompts and guidance, and time to share so that there is connection and community built within the group.
Q: Will I have to buy extra stuff?
A: Nope, we have a ton of supplies. You might be so inspired that later you will want to hit the local art store, yet all you need to bring is yourself and a willingness to explore.
Q: Suppose I actually am an artist? Will this work for me?
A: We will help you get out of your head and use the technique and talent you have to create a more meaningful healing process while you pursue the rich experience of art modalities you are already are well acquainted with.
Q: What if I can’t come to all the groups?
A: You still need to pay the full amount. We will offer homework in between the sessions. Even if you miss one or two groups you will still benefit, though if you know in advance you’ll miss multiple sessions it may be best to wait for another round of the group.
Q: When does the group start?
A: When we have put together a cohort of women who are ready to go on this journey together, we will get things rolling. We’ll make sure to keep you posted, and give you a heads up so you can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your participation. As of April 2019 we are hoping to start a new series in mid May and are interviewing for the few open spots that are left.
Q: Will members come and go?
A: Nope. This group is what we call a closed group. The members you meet on the first day are the ones that will be with you the whole time, unless they drop out, and no new members will be added. The group will be limited to 8 women, giving you ample time and space to be heard.
this group Might be exactly what you need.
call me to hear more.