Be All Of You Even If Just For A Minute Today!

Today I want to express to all of our followers how beautiful you are and give you permission to show up as your authentic selves. So often people tell me that they have struggled with being able to show up in all areas of their lives as themselves. They say they either have to wear different hats or masks or show up as less than themselves to fit in or feel comfortable. I have had that in the past as well or even sometimes in new situations. 

I invite you today to find some time for you... So much of the art therapy work I do with clients is about allowing them to be messy, raw, and vulnerable. I have the best job in the world as an artist and art therapist because I get to see people's authentic selves show up in so many ways - through their art, speaking their truth, non-verbal communication and shared energy. I invite our followers today to intentionally carve out a moment for yourself. A moment where you can be your most truthful, beautiful, and authentic self. Singing in the car or shower, moving your body or working out, making art, writing, speaking to friends, cooking, whatever allows you to feel full and wonderful. If you feel like you might like to work on integrating the different parts of yourself to experience this more on a daily basis check out or workshops or feel free to contact us for a consultation.

 
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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

You Gotta Feel To Heal...

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

Celebrating Our 2nd Year as a Nonprofit and Our 1st Year on East Colfax!

OUR STORY

As Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing Moves Forward we thought
it might be important to take a look back at how we got here!

From a very young age, I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a graphic designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of others in a different way. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful modality for healing. Upon completing my Masters from Naropa University in Transpersonal Psychology and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal was realized in a new way and continued through the creation of the nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I sold my house, rallied the troops and jumped in with both feet.

As a child of adoption and a teen that struggled to find my place in the academic world, it was important to be someone that could provide opportunities for individuals to experience healing and return to their authentic path. I have personally experienced the profound healing that art and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and teens, as well as, my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds and ages with a wide variety of needs. My goal was to create an organization that promoted community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances, while also allowing myself and others to show up as our authentic selves. As this fulfilled another goal to offer new therapists a path to begin practicing with clients honoring their approach and unique and personal calling. While we are able to follow our paths we also help others to return to theirs.

At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing, we guide and support individuals and families in their journey through the healing process. It is the hope that clients will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, individuals will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions more authentically, which in turn can influence the course of their lives. 

I am so grateful and overwhelmed to look back at the last year and see how this dream I cultivated in 2015 has been realized at our home at 3107 E. Colfax Avenue.  This also has been a year of new beginnings for our relationship with our 6 renting therapists and our journey with Denver Public Schools to provide art and therapeutic programming.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS BEEN A PART OF MAKING OUR SPACE,
HOME AND THE WORK WE DO POSSIBLE!

              Amy K. Leiter, MA, LPCC     Founder, Artist and Art Therapist

              Amy K. Leiter, MA, LPCC
    Founder, Artist and Art Therapist

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

What If Your Child Is Not All Pink Or All Blue?

What if your child floats on the gender variation spectrum from super-macho-masculine to all the way to super-girly-feminine? I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Why are we so freaked out about our kids being who they were born to be and exploring what that means for them? What does who they choose to be say about us? And is that the real problem? Are we not ok with who we are as adults?  Find out more about this and the gender spectrum in the article, The Gender Spectrum

Also check out Chelsea Handlers show on Netflix, Chelsea. The episode "Dinner Party Adventure in Parenting" it was fantastic. And even more fantastic due to the section on gender fluidity with CJ and his family. Every parent should try to understand Gender Fluidity, our kids will grow up understanding that there is a Gender Spectrum. This world is changing fast and we need to get with the program to better support our kids. Keep in mind it is Chelsea Handler so there will be some off color comments that could offend so feel free to check out CJ's Mom's blog either way.  https://raisingmyrainbow.com/

Illustration sourced from the Gender Spectrum Article
by Olaf Hajek

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

Art Isn't Just Good For The Mind, It's Good For The Body Too

Pricilla Frank, Arts Writer for The Huffington Post talks about how art does a body good. Art isn't just good for the mind, it's good for the body too. The two are more interconnected than you think. Check out the article in which Donna Betts, president of the American Art Therapy Association, remarks on these findings.

 

 

 

 

ART CREDIT: IMOGEN SKELLY

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

SO, WHAT IS Art Therapy EXACTLY?

At Violet Hive we want you to understand a little more about what we do. We first believe that art in itself is inherently healing. You do not have to be an "artist" to join a workshop or open studio! Although we believe everyone is in their own way. We feel this way because we use a holistic model of seeing people in our lives and in work.

Art therapy is a healing modality which applies a model that recognizes the whole person and its many aspects—physical, mental, spiritual and emotional—while allowing the client to drive the process. This process is relational and uses talk and art mindfully. Images in the form of art may allow the client access to their subconscious in ways words cannot. Art therapy is based on knowledge of human developmental and psychological theories as well as art theory. This powerful modality works toward reconciling emotional conflicts, cultivating self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, solving problems, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation, increasing self-esteem, and integrating difficult emotional content and trauma. For more information checkout: Art Therapy Association of Colorado (ATACO) and American Art Therapy Association. (AATA)

I absolutely love this video for explaining and showing how the process of art therapy can work. Watch The Science of Happiness -Art Therapy  from SOUL PANCAKE so you get it too!

 

 

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

ART THERAPY Getting a lil lov'in from the Denver Post

We had The Denver Post visit us just before Christmas. They were interested in hearing about what we were doing and seeing us in action during an art workshop. One of our amazing teachers Bix was teaching a beginners ceramics class. We had an absolute blast for 5 weeks.

Read the full article here: http://dpo.st/1YJmw0W

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

A Picture of the Sensitive Child: Helping ‘Orchid’ Children Thrive

I came across this fantastic three part series of articles through a friend, Krista Reinhardt-Ruprecht of Big Dog Little Dog Healing Arts about children with sensory issues. She has a quite a bit of experience with the children this article is calling Orchid Children. I love learning about sensory challenges and development of children as an art therapist and this article delivers both. "Despite neurobiological differences and heightened reactivity in (orchid) sensitive children, it is the relational environment they grow in that makes the difference developmentally." Checkout part 1 of 3 here. I will post the other two parts as they are released.

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.

Are you self-lov'in?

WHAT SELF-LOVING PEOPLE DO DIFFERENTLY
By: Vironika Tugaleva

I read this article recently and this list really stuck with me. I  began to think about when I started doing these things? Some of them I do better now than when I was in my 20's but developmentally some people may be better at each of these things at different times in life. Also during certain challenges I may have learned some of these skills. And right now I may need to work on some of these items. 


1. They listen to their emotions.

2. They choose responsibility over blame.

3. They feed their passions and talents.

4. They spend time alone.

Are you needing some skill building around any of these areas? 
Contact us today  at Violet Hive for a consult... we speak the language of self-love!

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Amy Leiter

From a very young age I have had a passion for art making as a way to learn and explore my world. After working as a professional designer for several years, I discovered I could embrace my expression and creativity in the service of children and adolescents. I entered graduate school to train to offer art as a powerful mode for healing. With my M.A. from Naropa University in Counseling and Art Therapy, my dream of using art to heal will be realized through the creation of a nonprofit organization, Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing. I am off to a great start. However, I could use some help, which is why I need YOU! As a child of adoption, I have personally experienced the profound healing that counseling and art therapy can provide. My passion for children and my clinical experience have prepared me to offer comprehensive support to clients from various backgrounds with a wide variety of needs. My goal is to create an organization that promotes community and hope while giving clients choice, no matter their circumstances. At Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing we guide and support children, adolescents and families in their journey through the healing process. Youth will learn to recognize their strengths, identify challenges and overcome adversity. With the support of the Violet Hive Art Therapy and Healing team, adolescents will also learn how to identify and communicate their feelings and emotions, which in turn can influence the course of their life.