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A New Name for Spitzer’s Creative Therapies

Dec 19, 2010 09:48PM

Allison Spitzer

A New Name for Spitzer’s Creative Therapies

 “Expressive Therapeutic Coaching” is the new term for techniques Allison B. Spitzer, M.A., began using successfully in 1975. Spitzer says that a blend of practical suggestions and creative opportunities for soul searching and changing one’s outlook or behavior can be extremely effective, especially when sessions tackle difficult issues with humor, compassion and action. “Expressive therapeutic coaching combines such activities as guided visualization, talk therapy and drama, movement, art, or writing,” Spitzer explains. “Support, counsel, a close look at one’s daily life, and simple, enjoyable arts activities can foster insight and become powerful motivators for change.” Spitzer, one of only a handful of expressive therapeutic coaches available to children, focuses on children, teens and adults who must manage ADD, obesity, and depression. Her clients also include parents of difficult children, anxious teens and young adults. She also has broad experience with the specific emotional concerns of overweight adults. “Completing my Master’s in 1975, I drew from psychology, the arts and communication theory to teach and help individuals with their journeys,” Spitzer adds. “Then I was ‘a square peg in a round hole.’ Today the healing value of the arts and the pragmatic benefits of coaching are widely recognized.” Tutors, medical specialists, and medications often address only a single aspect of the individual. By contrast, this process prompts both broad reflection and the specificity of goal-setting.

Additional information is available at PeriwinkleHealth.com or by contacting Allison Spitzer at [email protected] Phone 203.261.7615.