Amy Leiter, ATR, LPCC
Founder of Violet Hive Art Therapy, Artist, and Registered Art Therapist
Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling & Art Therapy, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
As the Founder of Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing, my personal mission is to connect people through relationship and community as well as providing opportunities for healing through the creative arts while going through life’s many transitions.
I believe art therapy is for everyone no matter their artistic level. As an art therapist, I provide a space that is creative but also safe for clients (teens and adults) to explore emotions and challenges. Often unexpressed words and emotions are at the heart of symptoms and behaviors. Through creative expression, art can allow openings for healing and growth to occur.
Q: What is Creativity?
A: The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration. –Elizabeth Gilbert
This question is central to the work I do through my practice the Revival Project.
I describe my work as Creative Transitions for Wild Hearts. I hold the belief that art is inherently healing and is used to help individuals explore their passions and awaken their spirits or wild hearts. Are you experiencing a major life transition? Are you reviving a past love or exploring something new? Or exploring aspects of yourself or your family that need healing? If so you maybe ready to take the first step in returning to your authentic path and exploring your wild heart's desires.
The mind has a million questions the heart only has a few. And those are the questions that really need answers. Let the heart have its moment to speak.
About the Therapeutic Process
Many of my clients are experiencing major life transitions or exploring aspects of themselves or their family that need healing. Using art therapy through this creative transition process allows them to grow, heal, and follow their passion.
Throughout the therapeutic process, we will develop a safe and trusting relationship to support the art process and mindfulness practices. During this process difficult emotions from the subconscious may arise, through processing these emotions within the therapeutic relationship promotes healing and growth to help the many challenges and transitions that arise in life. The use of art combined with mindfulness supports individuals to slow down, come into present moment awareness, and approach emotions and feelings in a present and nonjudgmental way.
Whether the client is a teen or adult; I strongly believe that building a therapeutic relationship is an integral part of the healing process. I strive to honor that every client no matter their age has their unique story and connection to their creative source. I specialize in the treatment of trauma, and its subsequent issues including anxiety and depression, difficult behaviors, adoption, life transitions/transformation and other challenges.
Approaches and Modalities include Art Therapy, Creative Transitions, Mindfulness, Relational, Trauma-Focused, Transpersonal and Psychodynamic Theory.