Beaverton and Portland area Therapist. Specialize in Art Therapy for teens and adults.

 
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A little about my approach…

I work from the approach that most of our pain in life stems from difficult or damaging relationships, in various shapes and forms. Despite that, I also hold the strong belief that true healing is found in healthy relationships.  The therapeutic relationship is so unique because it offers the client a safe, intimate space where there is no judgment or agenda—where the therapist serves as a witness who validates our pain and offers compassion. My person-centered approach allows connection and trust to build in a gentle, natural manner.  In working together, we create a space that provides you the safety to explore your feelings, challenge old assumptions, and do the brave work of transformation. Together we will use a mindful approach that involves noticing and responding to whatever unfolds, and utilize the therapeutic relationship to build compassion and create change.  We all have the innate capacity to do this, but sometimes we need a little guidance from someone we trust to remind us of our potential.

There are times we can't express our feelings verbally, or words might not be enough.  Being trained in Art Therapy allows me to pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are often expressed through art and the creative process.  Working through the lens that we are a product of our experiences, I love the eye-opening process art-making provides clients as we begin to dig deep into experiences and feelings that have impacted and lingered for many years.  

The therapeutic models that best describe my approach beyond Art Therapy include attachment theory, mindfulness-based therapy, EFT (emotionally-focused therapy), and family systems theory.

I enjoy working with people on the following issues:

Anxiety

Depression

Building self-esteem and fostering personal growth

Adjustment to life transitions/chronic illness

Support through grief and loss

Interpersonal and Relationship Challenges

Trauma Recovery

Unhealthy coping

Adjustment to new disabilities such as hearing loss