Firefly Counseling Services, P.C.
4950 NE Belknap Ct. Suite 205
Hillsboro, OR 97124
The practice is located on the corner of Belknap Ct. and Elam Young Pkwy next to Intel Hawthorne Farms.
Buisness Hours: We are in the office Monday-Friday with appointment times ranging from 8AM-6PM. If you are having a mental health emergency and need immediete assistance please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 or the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503-988-4888 or proceed to your nearest emergency room for assistance.
"We don't accomplish anything in this world alone...and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that
-Sandra Day O'Connor
Expressive Art: Paint, drawing, texture, directive crafts, ceramics
Therapeutic art is an integrative aspect of the mental health profession which combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychology with visual arts to provide a creative process in helping clients improve mental health and wellness. Art has the potential to transform lives in profound ways; research is supporting that art improves not only our quality of life, but also is effective in reducing pain, fatigue and stress and increasing cognitive abilities and emotional well-being (Malchiodi, 2017). Art within therapy can use art media (paint, clay, pencils, markers or other art supplies) and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help clients move through difficult life experiences, discuss or analyze their own story, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve their goals. One of the reasons why art creates such a lasting impact is through the whole brain process of incorporating both linguistic storytelling and the visual and tactile media of the art. This whole brain process can unlock meaning and insight into areas of the life, especially circumstances that were traumatic, by bringing to light the information that felt trapped or lost.
Firefly clinicians have received extensive training within the field of expressive therapy practices. Your clinician can walk you through their background and training in providing art techniques within their practice for incorporating this expressive modality to increase the richness and quality of the work. Therapeutic art sessions can be provided by Firefly clinicians in session for every age. Please talk with our office if you have any questions about what to expect for you or your child.
Sandtray Expressive Art
Sandtray is a specialized process within play therapy or therapeutic arts which introduces the tactile process of sand in conjunction with a selection of miniatures to represent symbolically the client’s thought process or experience. Homeyer & Sweeney (2011) define sandtray therapy as “an expressive and projective mode of psychotherapy involving the unfolding and processing of intra and interpersonal issues through the use of specific sandtray materials as a nonverbal medium of communication, led by the client(s) and facilitated by a trained therapist (p. 4).”
We often describe to artistically anxious clients that sandtray is a way to create art without having to worry about whether you’re a ‘good artist’. This often puts clients at ease and opens the door of possibility for utilizing art as a way of self-expression. Sandtray provides an opportunity for putting emotions into images which can support the process of telling a story or unpacking complex life events in a way that can be seen and understood. Sandtray is utilized by adults, adolescents and children within the therapy process. There is no age limit for this modality and most clients comment on how impactful the experience was on creating clarity, gaining understanding or supporting the processing of the past, present or future experience(s).