About Victoria Troshina
I’m a registered art therapist who encourages clients to utilize art materials as a way to express themselves in therapy in a creative manner. I provide a non- judgmental and compassionate environment where clients can feel comfortable exploring strengths and challenges utilizing painting, drawing, collage, clay, mask-making, visual journaling, and creative writing. It is ok if you have never identified as being “artistic,” you do not need to be artistic in order to engage in art therapy, my philosophy is to “focus on the mark making, not art making.”
I am passionate about coming into the here and now with clients and believe in the healing power of being witnessed in a safe and creative space. I work to provide an open space using trauma informed care to aid in recovery. My approach centers on a social justice, multi-cultural orientation, and acknowledging the complexity of identity while navigating trauma’s negative effects without re-traumatization but by building resilience, self expression and self regulation. I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use, and overall personal growth.
My professional experiences include working in creative after school programs with adolescents, working with adults with persistent mental illness diagnosis in community mental health art studios, and most recently working as an Expressive Therapy supervisor in a psychiatric in patient hospital.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of evidence based psychotherapy that utilizes art making as a primary form of process during sessions. It is practiced with a wide range of people from children to the elderly, people with various addictions, serious mental and physical illnesses, veterans, the incarcerated, and many more.
You do not have to be creative in order to receive benefits from art therapy, just a willingness and curiosity to engage. Art therapy is different than an art class. Art classes focus on learning techniques and formal elements of art and focus on the finished product. Art therapy focuses on the creative process and communication of the inner experience. Art can help with processing and releasing of difficult feelings and emotions at times when words are unable to do so. It can also provide sensory release and experience, increase visual thinking, and engage in symbolic processing by creating objects with our hands. It can also promote healing, increase independence and autonomy, increase creative development, and increase self esteem.
Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages. They utilize various creative techniques such as collage, sculpting, painting, drawing, coloring, and creative journaling for assessment and treatment. You can find art therapy in variety of settings such as hospitals, schools, veterans’ clinics, private practice, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, community mental health clinics, senior communities, and forensic institutions.
Contact Victoria Troshina
If you are interested in my services, contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or schedule an appointment with me online via the button below. Or, if you’re still wondering if I’m the right therapist for you, call 847-467-1704 now for free, 15-minute consultation.