Open Studio for Teens offers participants ages 14-18 the opportunity to explore and express themselves through a variety of art materials in a non-judgmental space.
Sessions will begin with a short mindfulness technique to help members focus in the present moment. Participants will then be able to use the creative process to explore, express, and process individual concerns in a supportive space. Participants are welcome to choose materials and art projects as desired, however, a brief technique demonstration will be provided each week. Participants will have the option to work on a new project each week, or build on a previous work. No previous art skills are needed. Each session will close with time to witness each other's process.
Group is limited to 10 participants. Art materials are included in registration costs. Registration includes 6 weekly sessions. The groups is facilitated by Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist, Peta Minerof, LPC, ATR.
The current 6 week session for enrollment is for 1/31/23 - 3/14/23. (No group on 2/28.) The cost is $240. If interested, please contact Peta Minerof at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peta is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR). She is a textile artist and holds a Masters of Art Therapy and Counseling [MAATC] from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her training includes experience with a variety of clients where she provides both individual and group counseling and Art Therapy. Peta is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including Contextual DBT, RO-DBT, CBT, ACT, and EFFT where she works from a Trauma-Sensitive view. Peta has worked with clients at the inpatient, Residential PHP and IOP level of care with extensive experience in Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders and Substance Use. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents and emerging adult clients through the creative process, substance use, eating disorders, trauma and perinatal mental health.
In her practice, Peta interweaves the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and ACT with Art Therapy. Peta’s practice is based on a relational foundation, offering her clients the opportunity to identify and work through emotional barriers within the connection between client and therapist. Using a wide variety of art media, clients are able to explore deeply held emotions, process complex experiences, clarify goals and express themselves in a way that words cannot capture. Peta believes that we feel and function at our best when we are free to be our authentic selves and able to practice self-expression without judgment or limitation. It is when we are comfortable with our authentic self that we can engage with the world, enjoy relationships and fully thrive.