Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor comes to Richmond


Michael Broussard will be bringing his interactive show “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor” to the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond on 9/10/15 for an 8pm performance. The show utilizes an innovative mix of storytelling, audience participation and improvisation to spark a real time conversation on the effects of sexual abuse on children and adult survivors. Broussard has… Read More

National Recovery Month 2015


Mental health issues and/or substance use disorders are the focus of this month.  Carol Olson addresses awareness by identifying statistics, resources where one can get help and overall wellness at https://communityconversationsonrecovery.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/recovery-month-2015/

Finding Meaning


Do you have the ability to check things off of your to do list (goals, achievements, financial and material success) but still find you are missing something?  Tongeren talks about finding meaning at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/meaning-making/201508/doing-good-makes-life-meaningful

Empowerment through boundaries


Are you the kind of individual that has a difficult time saying no?  Do you have a hard time standing up for yourself without feeling bad about it?  Wehrenberg discusses how limit setting assists in our ability to stand up for ourself at https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/depression-management-techniques/201508/speaking-yourself-part-1

Art Therapy and the Adult Coloring Book craze — What’s the difference?


One can find Adult Coloring Books at major bookstores, art and craft stores and general retail stores.  What, then, is the difference between art therapy and adult coloring books?  The American Art Therapy Association discusses this topic at http://3blmedia.com/News/Adult-Coloring-Book-Phenomenon

Common Fears and their impact on relationships


When thinking about an ideal relationship, what words come to mind?  Perhaps, love, exciting, honesty, communication, trust, strength building, working together, team work and individuality are among some of them. On the other hand, what if the first words that came to mind were Abandonment, rejection, humiliation — three words that generally do not make… Read More

Children and therapy — where do you start? What are my options?


Your child is suffering and you want to help.  You think that counseling can can help but where do you start?  Salazar provides several options, including art therapy, play therapy and sand tray therapy at http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/so-you-think-your-child-needs-therapy-now-what-0820155

Childhood Grief and Loss fundraising campaign – Wendt Center for Loss and Healing


Many of you know that I volunteer at the Wendt Center’s grief camp for children and teens as an art therapist and have done so for the past five years.  This year’s camp is no different.  Camp Forget-Me-Not / Camp Erin DC is right around the corner, June 26 through June 28, 2015, and I… Read More

The Expressive Arts in Richmond


Originally posted on Recovery Is….:
Today Carol interviews expressive and alternative therapists from around Richmond. Meet Julia Cuccaro, a dance movement therapist; Andrea Shipley, who practices mindfulness and coaching; and Todd Stonnell, Melanie Gardner and Becky Jacobson, who are all art therapists. You can listen to the show here Resources: WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent…