The Arts: Pathways to Comfort and Joy

Drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, photography, and music are all potent pathways to healing.They provide a safe way of telling one’s story, conversing with differing parts of ourselves, working with a dreams, and engaging the numinous to build resources and resiliency.  They can also increase physical, spiritual, and emotional health, while fostering learning and the development of new skills.

Jennie is an Expressive Arts Therapist and can help you address a range of symptoms including, but not limited to, reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. She uses a broad range of arts, including theatre techniques such as psychodrama and Playback theatre, to help clients clarify issues and chart new directions for health. While commonly used for personal growth, the Expressive Arts Therapies can also be applied to organizations and work teams. Please contact Jennie for more information on this.

Michael, formerly the art therapist at the hospital, is trained as a visual and theatre artist, counselor, and shamanic practitioner, and encourages clients to explore the arts as powerful tools for living.

About Our Work

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At Journeyworks we welcome clients irrespective of their race, class, ethnicity, sexual/gender orientation, or socioeconomic status. We offer Reiki, Shamanic Aid, Life Coaching, and opportunities to learn skills in these arts. In Vermont we provide Expressive Arts and Narrative Therapy based counseling and psychotherapy.

 

We provide consultation and support to organizations seeking to foster community.

Jennie’s work is firmly grounded in Reiki and the Expressive Arts, while Michael draws on Shamanism, the Arts, and Narrative ideas. We often work together when seeing couples and families.

Learn More About Jennie’s work.

Learn More about Michael’s Work.

Learn More about our shared work with Couples, Families, and Persons facing serious illness.

Support for Couples and Families

We offer counseling and life coaching for couples and families who find themselves embroiled in conflict or discouragement, or who are facing illness or hard times. Our work combines Narrative ideas, the Expressive Arts , and concern for spirit so that we may best address your needs. We focus on shared values, history, dreams, and aspirations as pathways to joy and ease. As part of our work together, we may suggest a ritual or ceremony to soothe hurts, to mark an important life event, or acknowledge an accomplishment or transition in your life together.

Honoring the Stories We live

Life_WalkAt JourneyWorks we recognize that stories are central to life. We understand that the stories we are told, and those we tell ourselves and others, shape our understanding of the lives we lead.

We know that many stories are sacred and must be honored and approached with reverence. Such stories guide us as we live our lives. They nurture us, aid us as we seek to make sense of our life path, offer hope and solace, and support us in developing relationship with that which is larger than ourselves.

We will work with you as you explore the stories that shape and enrich your life, and support you as you seek to find the stories that can guide you in living your preferred life.

Building Community

At  JourneyWorks we understand that deep healing happens with the support of community. We encourage community by offering classes, workshops, and groups in the Expressive  Arts Therapies, the Arts, Reiki, and Shamanic Healing. We acknowledge the turning  of the year, and our relationship to the Earth, by offering seasonal gatherings and ceremony. On occasion we work with community partners to create opportunities to work with visiting artists and healers, or to address community concerns.