Kathleen Rice Counseling

& Creative Arts Therapy

kathleenricecounseling.org

“Art is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed the soul’s drive to health.”

— Cathy Malchiodi, The Soul’s Palette: Drawing on Art’s Transformative Powers (Shambhala, 2002)

My Services

Child/Adolescent Therapy

Child and adolescent therapy is a specialized treatment modality informed by child development principles, attachment theory, growth mindset, and social emotional wellness.

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Child and adolescent therapy is client directed and experiential. Supported by the therapist, clients use play, movement, art and music to build self-competency and coping strategies that address challenging thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is body-centered therapy that uses the connection of mind and body to guide treatment. In addition to talk therapy, somatic treatment may include mind-body exercises, breath-work, movement activities, and outdoor therapy.

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Evidence is growing that shows the efficacy of body work in treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Emotions and experiences are stored in both body and mind. In treatment, clients can explore experiences, learn how to tolerate distress and discover new ways of fully being in the world — both in mind and in body.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creative arts therapy, also known as expressive arts therapy, integrates mental health treatment with the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing in both children and adults.

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Creative arts therapy uses a person’s innate desire to create as a transformational tool in treatment. Those participating in mental health treatment through the expressive arts do not need to have formal arts training, experience with the arts, or specific skill sets. Participants learn how to use the sensory-based nonverbal language of creativity to communicate and to address inner emotional experiences that they may not be able to access with talk therapy alone.

Sand Tray Therapy

Sand tray therapy is a specialized psychodynamic therapeutic technique that — along with the therapist’s guidance — invites clients to craft their own healing journey using miniature figurines, objects from nature, construction materials, and sand.

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Sand tray therapy is complex in its simplicity. A multisensory, active experience, sand tray therapy allows the client to explore feelings and distress to achieve growth and repair. The scene or story created through sand tray therapy acts as a reflection of the client’s own experiences and provides clients an opportunity to understand emotional experiences, express feelings safely, and gain perspective and an understanding of self.

Anxiety, Trauma, and Loss

 Strengths-based therapy can work to change the way one feels, thinks, and acts in relation to self, others, and one’s community.

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Self discovery and healing are possible at any age. New research on brain development has confirmed what mental health professionals have observed for decades — that the brain can repair, adapt, and transform throughout the lifespan. Successful treatment models such as cognitive behavioral therapy, creative arts therapy, and relational models of care have shown that strengths-based therapy can work to support positive growth and relief of symptoms associated with trauma.

Nature-based Therapy

Research is catching up to what people have intuited for thousands of years. We are a dynamic part of the natural world, connected in ways that can be used in the therapeutic treatment of distressing symptomology.

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New research supports the belief that nature can be an integral part of the healing process. Bringing nature into the treatment space or bringing treatment to the natural world can be life affirming and life changing.

Parenting Support

Parenting is challenging in the best of times; and these are hard times. Parenting support in the form of connection, reflection, information, and guidance can support parents, guardians, and caregivers as they navigate through the parenting journey.

Mental Health Consultation and Professional Training

Professional training in best practices and consultation services are critical tools to support children’s mental health wellness in school settings across the age spectrum.

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Children and teens are experiencing increased levels of trauma, anxiety and loss, which often shows up at school as withdrawn or disruptive behavior. Experiential, relational, and goal-oriented mental health consultation in schools can play a major role in the development of childrens’ social emotional wellness. Kathleen Rice Counseling provides collaborative training and consultation with an experienced child mental health consultant who has spent 30 years as a professional in schools across Boston and beyond.

Hello! I’m Kathleen . . .

. . . a licensed mental health counselor and expressive arts therapist specializing in working with children and teens. (You can follow me on LinkedIn here.)

I earned my graduate degree in mental health counseling and expressive arts from William James College in 2017. Before that, I worked for 20 years as a child development specialist, family support specialist, trainer and writer at Boston Medical Center’s Division of Developmental Pediatrics. I have worked in programs serving families impacted by loss, trauma, racism, and poverty. I earned my first master’s degree in Early Intervention, Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs from Wheelock College in 1989.

I am an experiential, person-centered therapist who believes deeply in culturally informed, strengths-based expressive arts treatment. I specialize in addressing issues of trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, intimate partner violence, foster care, adoption, child behavioral challenges, and grief in children.

Strongly influenced by attachment theory and child development, I build my treatment approach through relational connection, cultural humility, good humor, attunement, trust, and safety. I am committed to the truth that every person is innately resilient, and that creative, embodied work allows clients to craft their own healing journey.

I am also trained in Trauma Focused CBT, SMART (Sensorimotor Arousal Regulation Therapy), Tenets of Diversity, sand tray therapy, play therapy, and parenting group work.

About Expressive Arts Therapy

 

Expressive arts therapy integrates mental health treatment with the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing in both children and adults.  The expressive therapies use a human’s innate desire to create as a transformational tool in treatment.  Those participating in mental health treatment through the expressive arts need not have formal arts training, experience or skill sets. Participants learn how to use the sensory-based nonverbal language of creativity to communicate inner feelings that they may not have been able to access with talk therapy alone.

Expressive arts therapy is unique in that it draws from a variety of art forms — movement, art, music, stories and play to inform the healing process.  The expressive arts therapist’s role is to create a safe environment that allows for this innate creative expression to emerge and thrive.  Whether it’s finger painting, journaling, storytelling, art making or a game of hide-and-seek, participants discover new ways of coping, understanding self, and interacting with the world.  And participants may just discover that joy becomes a consequence of the work.

Sand Tray Therapy

Godzilla Comes to Play

Meditative Singing Bowl

Play Therapy with Lego Truck

Cozy Chair Corner

Books and Toys

“For a child or an adult, it’s extremely powerful to hear someone say, ‘I get you. I understand. I see why you feel this way.’ This kind of empathy disarms us.”

—Daniel J. Siegel, The Developing Mind