Pregnancy Loss and Miscarriage Art Therapy Group
Pregnancy is a significant life milestone. It brings much potential and affects every aspect of the pregnant person's life. However, an unexpected loss can bring powerful emotions, interpersonal complications, and personal difficulties.
Those who suffered pregnancy loss can find themselves alone, heartbroken, and lost. In addition, the culture of silence and secrecy around early pregnancy and miscarriages exacerbate individual suffering. This group is to address the impact of pregnancy loss and miscarriages on a birthing person's life.
Art therapy is open to those who do not identify as artists or creatives. Art therapists believe that there is "no wrong art." In this group, the art therapist will guide you through various art therapy reflections using art media. The focus is sensory exploration, emotional processes, and using metaphors for self-expression. Art therapy does not aim to make artistic products for display; instead, art therapy focuses on the process of therapeutic self-expression through art media.
The benefit of art therapy groups include: receiving social support, learning and education, sharing experiences, gaining relieve for strong feelings including depression and anxiety, and generally feel less alone in your experiences.
ABOUT THIS GROUP
Group Format: Virtual Art Therapy Group (via Zoom).
Member Profile: People who suffered at least one pregnancy loss/ miscarriage.
Meeting Time: TBD, Central Standard Time for 8 times.
Date: Spring 2023. TBD. The group will consist of 6 to 8 members. Group will start once there is enough members.
Group Fee: $50 per session per person/ $400 for 8 meetings. Payment plan available.
Required Supplies: Art materials, a computer fitted with camera and internet connection, a private space.
Free Consultation: Each applicant will get a 15-minute phone consultation with the therapist prior to when the group start.
About the Therapist
Shan Ru Lin, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCPC, has over 12 years of clinical experience working with trauma survivors. Much of her clinical experiences stem from working with women and issues that specifically impact women. Shan has led over 2000 groups in various clinical settings, including hospitals, social service agencies, and outpatient clinics. She is a licensed therapist in Illinois and a Board-Certified Art Therapist via the Art Therapy Credentials Board in the United States.
Shan is a nationally recognized art therapy expert and a professor in art therapy. She earned her Master's degree in Art Therapy from Drexel University. She received post-graduate training in psychotherapy from the University of Chicago.