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Art Transforming Trauma

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Complex trauma causes the mid-brain region (fear center) to be over-activated and unable to respond to words. The "language" of the mid-brain is visual art, drama, movement, and music. These are the modalities that we use to help the survivor start to integrate their brains and bodies back together again so healing can begin.

Art Transforming Trauma is a 90-minute weekly group for individuals whose complex trauma has made it difficult to speak their feelings in a positive, supportive environment. Artistic talent is not the key to these sessions, but rather, the simple ability to express without spoken words.


Starting with the mid-brain, we link it upward to the pre-frontal cortex, and then to the right and left hemispheres. 

Who should consider this group? Anyone who has experienced more than one traumatic event without resolving the first one. Examples are military, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, etc.

We accept AmeriHealth, a type of DC Medicaid. If you have another type of insurance we will give you a receipt that you can turn into your insurance for reimbursement. 

Location: 770 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Navy Yard between Eastern Market and Navy Yard Metro stops)

Dates: Starts February 13, 2023; Ends April 24th (11 sessions)

Time: Tuesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost: $715 (Payable in full or installments - 2 at $358 or 4 at $179)

Email Candace for more information and to register.

Free Off-Street parking is available at this location. 


Because Words are Not Enough

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