Art Therapy Studio Chicago, Ltd.
In this 4 week group, participants will come together to make art and honor the loss in a supportive art therapy group setting. Participants must complete an intake prior to the group start and commit to attending all four weeks. Specifically for women who experienced loss in first or second trimester within the last 2 years.
$100.00 (all materials included) Group runs Wednesdays from 7-9pm May 29th, June 5, June 12, and June 19. All groups will be held at Art Therapy Studio Chicago located at 1579 N Milwaukee Ave Ste 210 Chicago Il 60622.
Call 773.922.1110 or visit http://www.art-therapist.org/open-studiogroups.html to register.
The group will be co-facilitated by Mary Andrus ATR-BC, LCPC and Melina Stock, MA.
Mary Andrus ATR-BC, LCPC is the founder of Art Therapy Studio Chicago and has been working as an art therapist for over 13 years, treating trauma, grief, mood disorders in a wide range of settings. She is an Adjunct Instructor at Adler School of Professional Psychology as well as Benedictine University and a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Melina Stock MA is a therapist in the Postpartum Depression Program at HAS, where she has worked extensively with women coping with pregnancy loss. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2010. She is passionate about and committed to helping women to heal from the profound (and invisible) pain of pregnancy loss through the use of Art Therapy.
I'm working to develop an art therapy group for pregnancy loss and miscarriage with my colleague and have found this book on entitled Grief Unseen: Healing Pregnancy through the Arts, to be helpful. Hoping to run the group for 4 weeks this summer as a trial for a small group of women. Please email me if you are interested in hearing more about it.
On Saturday March 9th, I took part in an amazing event on the south side of Chicago at the University of Chicago working with the Chicago Women's Aids Project and Friends Against Aids.
I facilitated two workshops with some brave, courageous and incredible women who came together to share their stories of what it feels like to live in this world with HIV.
Two of my students from Adler School of Professional Psychology assisted me in this event and it was eye opening for them and powerful for me.
We had them shout out feeling words that described what it was like for them to travel through life and they wrote out short stories of their experiences.
We then had them use magazine imagery, their own words and expressions to come together adn create a collaborative art piece that expressed their experience.
It was such an honor to share this time reflecting with them and to provide them a safe place to let their voices be heard.
Dr. Mary Andrus DAT, ATR-BC, LCPC