MA, LMFT, ATR
An Experiential Exploration
Presents. Babies. Sandwiches. Movies. Cars. Text. All these things can be wrapped—as well as many more. Cathy Moon references “sensory-based, tangible vocabulary and its relevance to art therapy.” Wrapping objects is one such example of a sensory-based fiber art activity. Wrapping is a rhythmic and repetitive activity that can be done without knowing the skills of knitting or crocheting. It is a rich metaphor, with connections to layers, what is seen/not seen, to containment and envelopment, to binding and winding, to covering, protecting, enclosing or surrounding, to gift-giving and receiving, to couching concepts to be more palatable. Language is full of idiomatic expressions about wrapping: to have someone wrapped around one’s little finger, to summarize or recapitulate, to be wrapped up in something. We keep things under wraps, and then take the wraps off something, we get wrapped up in something, we wrap ourselves in the flag, things are wrapped in secrecy, we are wrapped in sorrow. We eat wraps. We wear wraps.
Ari-Asha Castalia, MA, LMFT, ATR, graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University with a Masters' degree in Art Therapy Psychology in 2010. She interned in a non-profit program on the Peninsula that provided services to both the community and local schools, as well as in a private practice. Ari-Asha has completed a certificate training in Trauma-Focused Art Therapy and has two years of post-graduate training in Focusing Oriented Art Therapy (FOAT). Licensed in 2014, Ari-Asha’s private practice is located in San Mateo, where she sees mostly couples and adolescents, as well as D/deaf clients. She also works as an art therapist in a Functional Restoration Program in an intensive outpatient setting, providing art therapy in groups to individuals living with chronic pain. Born in Wisconsin, Ari-Asha taught high school English and then worked as a sign language interpreter for 27 years. She loves to read, box, swim, adopt feral cats, and take road trips to National Parks. Before she had ever heard about art therapy, Ari-Asha went to what she now realizes was a therapeutic art-making workshop in the early 90’s; she wrapped things there for the first time. During her post-graduate studies in FOAT with Dr. Laury Rappaport, she was often drawn to wrapping as a way of expressing herself. In addition to using wrapping with clients, she continues to explore it in her own art/art therapy process on a regular basis..
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Workshop Review - by Lauren Chester, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
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