Creative Expression For Personal Growth & Healing

Drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, making music, moving and storytelling are all powerful creative resources that can help us express ourselves, encourage playfulness, invite curiosity and help us heal. The infinite power of our imagination allows us to communicate through the body using the colorful language of the arts.

 

The arts empower our voices, our hands and our hearts to tell stories of what was, what is and what can be. We create about beauty and despair, about the darkness and the light. We imagine our way forward, shaping our own images and in return we allow them to nurture and guide us.

We all go through difficult times in life when our heart feels broken and our options feel limited. During these challenging times, an Expressive Arts Therapist can help you re-connect with your innate creative wisdom and shine a light upon your beauty, strength, hope and resilience.

Art making belongs to us all and can be a powerful tool for personal reflection and self-care. We value both the creative process and the artworks created. Each piece is approached with reverence, non-judgement and curiosity.

Working through the arts can help you:

  • Feel supported in authentic expression

  • Deepen your understanding of yourself and your needs

  • Learn new coping skills

  • Gain new perspectives for problem solving

  • Cultivate a tolerance for uncertainty and the unknown

  • Invite spontaneity, fun and creative play

  • Cultivate self-love, compassion and acceptance

  • Develop a sense of hope and resilience

The Healing Power of Art For All Ages

Meet Natalie Cruz, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

Hi, I'm Natalie, multi-media artist and Expressive Arts Therapist. My love of the arts, nature and authentic connection are what fuel my passion to support individuals of all ages through creative expression. Trust that the skill that you bring is good enough and that your art will be special and meaningful.

My education and training include a bachelor's degree in Sociology, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a post-graduate professional diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy. My extensive training using the arts for healing, allow me to create a warm and compassionate environment where you can feel safe to explore your innate creative resources for self-expression, personal growth and healing.

 

I offer private sessions for children, teens, adults and families as well as community workshops where I guide and nurture meaningful creative experiences through drawing, painting, sculpting, moving, singing, writing and telling stories.

 

I'm a member of the San Diego Expressive Arts Alumni Association and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Over the past ten years I have worked with individuals and families seeking support with depression, anxiety, divorce, physical or cognitive differences, life transitions, treating a terminal illness and grieving the loss of loved ones. The arts are a powerful tool for emotional expression and healing.

 

Contact me today to schedule your free 30 minute phone consultation to discuss how I can best support you or your loved ones.

Contact me today to discuss how I can best support you or your loved ones.

Natalie S. Cruz, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

Natalie@thedancingcanvas.com

858-692-3443

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