Art Therapy Group for New and Expecting Moms


Art Therapy Group for New and Expecting Moms


This 8-week creative arts therapy group is designed for new and expecting mothers experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). The group creates a safe, relaxed space where mothers can find new ways of expressing their experiences and emotions. Expressive therapies have been shown to provide social & emotional support, improve relationships, facilitate behavioral change, and offer alternative forms of communication.

In addition, mothers often find themselves held to unreasonable expectations of constant vigilance and productivity. Taking time for yourself seems like a non-option, when really it is essential to feeling your best as a mother, partner, and individual. Some days art therapy may be about communicating your internal states, while other days it is about taking time to self-sooth and enjoy yourself.

All art materials are provided, and mothers are welcome to choose whether they keep their artwork or leave it behind. Each session will focus on a theme, but participants are also welcome to use an open studio format if they choose to. The group is designed as an 8-week intervention, but mothers are welcome to join for as many cycles as they like. New themes and directives are regularly integrated into the curriculum. 

Instructor Bios: Stella Fischl

Stella Fischl is a licensed and board certified creative arts therapist in art therapy from New York University. She is also an artist with a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute.

Stella specializes in working with mothers and their children, helping them to both strengthen their bond and grow as individuals. Her experience includes working with adult and teen mothers, domestic violence survivors, children and adolescents with mental health disorders, and youth in foster care. She employs DBT-informed, person centered art therapy, which she uses to support introspection and healing.

Stella is committed to improving the lives of her clients by helping them explore and harness the joyful and intrinsically therapeutic properties of art.

Date: Every Monday (starting March 4, 2019)
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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