I am currently inviting young people age 14-17 to join an in person Expressive Arts Therapy group for teens located in NW Philadelphia.
COVID-19 Safety Measures: Proof of vaccination and mask wearing will be required. In the case or another surge, I will be attentive to guidance from health experts and have the flexibility to host the group virtually.
I am also looking to partner with organizations and therapy practices to offer expressive arts group therapy to their adolescent client base.
As a group therapist my role is to foster an environment where participants feel seen, connected, and engaged despite the difficult emotions and topics we may sometimes face in group.
I see myself as a facilitator prompting and empowering participants to take up space, use their voice, and connect authentically to one another. In addition to facilitating creative and mindful movement exercises I invite other creative mediums into the group based on participants' interests.
Simultaneously we develop our craft and our sense of self in community. The magic is when we can't tell the difference between art making and "therapy"
"Shara is thoughtful and contemplative in her work with young people, always eager to meet teens where they are and create a safe space for healing and learning. She has the unique ability to make people feel instantly comfortable and understood. Shara approaches everything with authenticity and humility. She is a shining star in the world of therapy."
Completed Trainings related to Youth Development and Group Facilitation
Institute for Community Action Training at Gibney Dance Center
Mindfulness Practices for Young People Lineage Project
Various workshops at the Youth Development Institute