Barrington Center for Marriage and Family Therapy
Fredelyn Calla, LCPC, ATR-BC
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a board-certified art therapist who has been working in the field for many years. I received my training in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy at Adler University, formerly the Adler School of Professional Psychology. I am also an art therapist and program coordinator at the North Shore Senior Center's House of Welcome and a support group facilitator at Gilda's Club Chicago.
When one is living with a cancer diagnosis, and for those who love and care for that person, there may be no words that fully express that experience. When there are no words, one can turn to art.
For those living with cancer, and especially for those undergoing treatment, utilizing art therapy can be quite powerful and previous artistic training is never required. Art therapy does not cure, but will promote healing in a safe environment by regulating emotions, alleviating symptoms of anxiety, depression, fear and anger and experiencing relaxation during a time of undue stress. Research has shown all of this and an increase in self-esteem and confidence, feeling together, which, in turn, strengthens one's coping skills, use of healthier resources and widens one's support system.
Also, for those who are family members, caregivers, and loved ones of those living with cancer, utilizing art therapy can help work through grief, taking into account the personal, emotional, cultural, spiritual, and/or socioeconomic experience. The artmaking process, along with talking it through, can uncover feelings of loss, thoughts of fear and anticipatory grief in a safe space, as well as incorporate self-care and respite from the possible frustration and demands of caregiving.
I have many years of experience leading support groups of those living with cancer, caregivers and those who have lost loved ones to cancer. Everyone comes together to share what they're going through and also provide support to others. I have seen the power of community and the strength one feels when a person realizes he/she is never alone in this journey.
Besides cancer support, I have experience working in dementia care, mental health and domestic violence and learning how such issues affect individuals, families and relationships. I am especially interested in issues surrounding grief and loss, death and dying, health, aging and cultural diversity. I enjoy working with couples, families and individuals on a variety of issues and utilizing a range of methods, including creative expression. I want to help those who see me to discover awareness of strengths, weaknesses, and ways to integrate both, for growth and acceptance in many areas of their lives.
Art therapy, Adlerian, Humanistic, Client-centered
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Issues Of Abuse
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