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The Mind Spa offers the full spectrum of behavioral wellness services from diagnosis and assessment to intervention and follow-up.  Whether you're a parent of three seeking answers about your 13-year-old's learning style and inconsistent academic performance or a single thirty-something who desires a loving relationship, but becomes anxious in social situations, we can help.  Feel free to contact us by phone or at drlkmason@mymindspa.net to learn more about the services listed below and make an appointment. 

Psychotherapy

 

Psychotherapy is one of the most effective methods for increasing self-awareness, identifying personal treatment goals and learning strategies to reframe and manage life's challenges.  Individual services are offered to adults and adolescents aged 16 years and older. Marital and couples services are available to adults 18 years and older. Family therapy is recommended for youth, so that parents, siblings and other relatives may play an active role in treatment.  Family therapy is also available for families comprised only of adults.  Group therapy services are provided for clients of all ages.   TeleMental Fitness (i.e., video chat, teletherapy) services are available to individuals and couples.

Art Therapy

 

What is it?

As defined by the American Art Therapy Association (2019): “Art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families and communities through the creative process of making art applied to psychological theory and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.”  That is, art therapy utilizes the both the emotional processes and products of patients' natural artistic expressions in conjunction with their therapeutic relationships with clinicians to increase self-awareness, and treat unhealthy thought and behavior patterns related to unresolved trauma, clinical depression and anxiety, and ADHD. 

 

Art Therapy and Trauma              

According to Bessel Van Der Kolk, “Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies. In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them. Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.” Art therapy acts as a way for patients to express themselves in a safe way; outside their realm of trauma. By externalizing challenging emotions from their past, patients are able to access their physical experiences in ways that feel safe. In time, it becomes possible for individuals to relearn that their bodies are safe places. 

Art Therapy and Anxiety

The general act of creating art generates relaxation and improves mood. Art therapy methods can be used as coping mechanisms to manage anxiety. Painting, mandalas, clay-making, drawing, sand-play, worry dolls and collage, for instance, provide means to release tension, promote relaxation, and manage anxiety in general. 

In a 2014 case study, it was proven that art therapy can decrease symptoms of panic disorder and anxiety (Morris, 2014). Many individuals with anxiety disorders have difficulty expressing their concerns verbally. By utilizing the creative process, these people are able to communicate fully by using other senses. 

Art Therapy and Depression

Art therapy has become an effective treatment in supporting, releasing and integrating the symptoms of depression. For patients experiencing symptoms of depression, verbalizing negative feelings can seem overwhelming. In art therapy, words are not always necessary. By using the creative process to express difficult feelings, individuals may be able to develop an understanding of their emotions and access certain areas of the brain that may have been otherwise challenging through talk therapy. 

In a study examining depression and art therapy conducted by Petrillo and Winner (2011), it was found that “artmaking increases the pleasure dimension of mood and does so via either catharsis or redirection.”

Art directives vary depending on the clients’ needs and may include painting, sculpting, collage, dream catchers, mandalas, murals, art in nature and much more. 

Art Therapy and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Various art therapy practices are utilized with individuals diagnosed with ADHD. 

Research indicates that art therapy effectively increases an individual’s attention span and decreases impulsive behavior. According to Smitheman-Brown and Church, 2013, “Mandala exercises have the affect of increasing attentional abilities and decreasing impulsive behaviors overtime, allowing for a better decision making, completion of task, general growth in developmental level, and an interest in personal aesthetics.”

Art Therapy and Dementia

There is now research supporting that art therapy can be used as a powerful tool to manage symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. 

“Arts‐based therapies are generally considered as interventions managing manifestations of dementia, as they may help to slow cognitive deterioration, address symptoms related to psychosocially challenging behaviors and improve quality of life (Deshmukh S, et al, 2018).”

Not only can the physical act of creating art increase motor skills and stimulate the brain, it can also promote memory function and act as a means of expression of one’s feelings. By using the senses necessary for the creative process, art becomes a means of communicating for those who cannot do so verbally. According to a study on art therapy and Alzheimers disease, “Case studies and several small trials suggest that art therapy engages attention, provides pleasure, improves Neuropsychiatric symptoms, social behavior and self-esteem (Chancellor B, et al. J Alzheimers Dis, 2014).”

Yoga/Meditation Instruction

The benefits of meditation to emotional and physical well-being are boundless!  People who meditate on a regular basis have been found to get better sleep, lead lifestyles associated with a lower risk of heart disease, and communicate more effectively with others.  Meditation not only reduces general stress and anxiety, but also enhances one's ability to implement the mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques introduced in psychotherapy.  Learn how to improve your mental focus and approach your personal and/or professional goals in a more deliberate and effective manner. 

Group Instruction Rates  

Drop-In                             $20 per class

Monthly (1 class per week)

April (prorated)/May   $100

June                         $65

 

Individual Instruction Rates (by appointment only)

Individual One-Time 50 minute Instruction $120

Contact us to inquire about customized individual instruction packages.

Yoga Therapy

 

Yoga therapy tailors yogic principles and methods (e.g., breathing, physical posturing and stretching, meditation, etc.) to address an individual patient's areas of concern.  Conditions that respond favorably to yoga therapy include: pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and major illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.  Unlike other treatments, yoga therapy is not done to a patient.  Instead, patients are empowered to tap into their own innate healing capabilities.   Since yoga is a holistic discipline — teaching that the mind, body, and spirit are connected —  Yoga Therapy can often go beyond the results that are possible with physical therapy.

Yoga Therapy Session Fees

Initial session and consultation   $150

Subsequent sessions                 $120

 

A minimum of four sessions is recommended for optimal results.  Therefore, we are offering a special summer rate of four sessions for $460.  A $50 savings!  

Sessions must be used within one year of purchase.

*Disclaimer- We do not provide medical advice and yoga therapy is not a substitute for, but a complement to treatment by your physician.

 

Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment

 

 SpAcuity

  

Mental Fitness Building Workshops

 

Instructional workshops designed to educate participants about various psychosocial topics (e.g., coping with anxiety, marital and romantic relationship issues, caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease, etc.).  Different topics are offered throughout the year and cater to a variety of ages and social groups.

 

 

Consultation

 

Clinicians are also available to provide a variety of consultation services to parents, teachers, schools, and/or other businesses and organizations.