I bring authenticity to our sessions.  This means I’ll be genuine and validating; I'll be a supportive listener, guide, and a sounding board.  As a team, we'll create a compassionate, safe place where you can experience the relief of feeling heard, validated, and receiving the help you need to deal with your issues and concerns. 
Often, I will check in with you to be sure your needs are being met.

I look forward to hearing from you:     916-905-4278 or dawn@heartmindandhealth.com
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  • Long-term relationships- experience with the challenges, turmoil, and joy they can bring
  • Personal therapy- I get what it's like from the other side of the couch.  I know how frustrating and unsatisfying a poor therapy experience can be and how good therapy is supportive and rewarding
  • Experiencing a bi-cultural upbringing- perhaps you have experienced the joy, shame, pride, and frustration of a unique heritage
  • Growing up with multi-generational chronic mental health issues- perhaps you or a significant person has on-going issues or illness and would like to explore more ways to cope and relate effectively
  • Care for elderly and dying family members- I can offer insight into life transitions, chronic illness, and the paths of loss and grief 

      A broken heart can give us strength, understanding, and compassion.  A heart never broken is pristine and will never know the joy of being imperfect. - Unknown author        

I have worked with people from age six to eighty-six and a variety of diagnoses and issues including:  personality disorders, mood disorders, dual diagnosis, developmental delays, autism, PTSD and trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, loss, and anger.

             M.A., Marital & Family Therapy and completion of Graduate Art Therapy Program from Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA
           B.A., Psychology and Art Studio (double major) from University of California Davis
           Member of AATA, American Art Therapy Association                                            
           Member of CAMFT, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists  
           Member of CAMFT-SVC, Sacramento Valley Chapter 
           Member of NorCata, Northern California Art Therapy Association

 Therapy Style-   Basically, my approach with you depends on the needs and goals of each session as well as those longer term.  My style is mainly Eclectic/Integrative and utilizes Experiential,  Existential, Humanistic, Mindfulness-based, Brief Therapy, and some Cognitive Behavioral (CBT).   

I specialize in Art Therapy, which can be use in a variety of ways or not at all in our sessions together.  Perhaps a portion or all of your session would work better by exploring an issue in a non-verbal manner.

A picture can be worth a thousand words. -Anonymous

           Have you ever felt unclear about what to say, how to say it, or perhaps there are no words yet?  I can help you bridge the non-verbal and clarify the verbal by helping you access your creative resources through visualization.  Art is one way to make a concrete visualization, and it does not require art skills.  All you need is a desire to explore.

Art therapy tools can include, but are not limited to the following:

  • clay, paper mache, playdoh
  • collage
  • dreamwork
  • drawing
  • exploration of hobbies & interests
  • metaphor & symbolism
  • music
  • painting
  • photography
  • sandtray
  • sculpture
  • visualization
  • writing

 Why use a MFT or an Art Therapist?

Therapists work in private practice as well as various other settings with individuals (children, adolescents, adults, and elders), couples, and families, providing support and perspective as clients explore issues and life's challenges.

A Marriage and Family Therapist helps individuals, couples, and families explore and solve problems.  An Art Therapist can provide an additional outlet and tools to conventional talk therapy.

A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) can utilize a variety of customized techniques to resolve problems or reduce symptoms in the shortest time possible.   We also have the skills to help where more intensive, long-term treatment is needed for relief, resolution, and healing.  In other words, we help clients work-out solutions according to individual values and lifestyles.  We rely on the expertise of our mentors and supervisors when we conduct confidential consultations regarding your issues. 

Issues that Marriage and Family Therapists and Art Therapists can help:

  • Depression
  • Divorce, separation, or transitioning lifestyles
  • Emotional stress or anxiety
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • GLBTQ concerns
  • Family conflict or tension
  • Fear, anger, or guilt
  • Feelings of loneliness & isolation
  • Grief or emotional loss & pain
  • Moodiness
  • Sexual disturbances
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unusual eating patterns

Common uses of art therapy to help and heal include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Children or young adults having problems in school
  • Children, adolescents, adults, and couples with personal problems
  • Parents and families struggling with adoption, parenting, blending, or re-unification
  • People with more serious issues such as autism, brain injuries, cancer, depression, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • People under stress or pressure
  • People with a general mental health issues
  • People with learning disabilities or difficulties
  • Anyone who would simply like to explore themselves more deeply can be someone who uses art therapy.

Dawn Wade, MA, Art Therapist- ATR 13-048, Certified Hypnotherapist,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- MFC 53765

Rocklin Professional Center
3175 Sunset Blvd., Suite 104
Rocklin, CA 95677
916-905-4278 or dawn@heartmindandhealth.com

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