At Expressive Arts Place, we recognize the many obstacles people sometimes face when trying to access high-quality, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed mental health care. Additionally, we understand the individual and systemic barriers that contribute to the difficulty individuals from historically marginalized communities often experience when seeking support. We offer innovative approaches that go beyond traditional talk therapy. Our specialties are providing mental health for marginalized communities, treating trauma, and utilizing expressive arts and social justice frameworks within therapy.
What does EAP offer?
- Compassionate, collaborative, nonjudgmental practitioners: There is a strong connection between the quality of the therapeutic relationship and the success (or not) of therapy. When clients feels that their therapist is genuinely listening, caring, and invested in the therapeutic relationship, it is more likely that the therapy will be beneficial for the client. We approach therapy with the belief that you are the expert on your own life, and that therapeutic success depends on our collaboration.
- Cultural humility: Engaging with you--whether we share identities or not--requires curiosity about who you are, where you come from, and how you learned how to be in the world. The idea of "cultural humility" communicates that learning about other people is not a series of boxes to check. Rather, it is an active, ongoing process of asking questions and examining our own biases.