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January 13, 2018

Find a quiet space where you can focus on yourself for a while. Start by taking in a few deep breaths and relaxing your belly. Ask yourself the following questions and follow the prompts as they feel right to you.

Step 1. Ask Yourself - WHAT AM I FEELING?

We usually feel several emotions at any given time. Try to name as many as you feel in that moment. Try to locate where you can feel those emotions in your body. You can write them down and then g...

November 20, 2017

Why wait until Thanksgiving to show your appreciation for all the good in your life?
Growing research reveals that practicing gratitude can have enormous benefits:

1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. 

2. Gratitude improves physical health.

3. Gratitude improves psychological health.

4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.

5. Grateful people sleep better.

6. Gratitude improves self-esteem.

7. Gratitude increases mental streng...

May 13, 2017

Facing our mortality is one of the hardest things to do. In Western culture, we try to avoid this subject as it can stir up feelings of sadness, anxiety and fear. As these feelings emerge, let's notice them without judgment and still open up this important conversation. Let's also bring in love. Love for yourself and for those you care about.

Pre-planning our last wishes can make the decision making process a little easier for our loved ones, especiall...

December 20, 2016

"Attuning our senses to the subtle changes and cycles of the seasons might help us attune more lovingly to the subtle changes and cycles in ourselves." - Deena

September 5, 2016

Have you noticed the latest increase in adult coloring books in stores lately? On the one hand it's wonderful that more people are acknowledging the emotional benefits of creativity. On the other hand, coloring books are a very limited healing tool. Either way, it invites an explanation about the value of creative self-expression within the guidance of a professional therapeutic relationship.

Expressive Arts Therapy follows two main methodologies....

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Natalie S. Cruz, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

Natalie@thedancingcanvas.com

858-692-3443

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