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Art Transforming Trauma

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Often those who have experienced complex trauma, such as wartime PTSD, domestic violence, trafficking, bullying, etc., don’t respond to traditional therapy alone because they are stuck in the flight/fight part of the brain.  When the fear center of the mid-brain is activated it is difficult, if not impossible, to respond with words. The "language" of the mid-brain is visual art, drama, movement, and music. These are the modalities that we use to help survivors heal on a deeper level.

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; in other words we use expressive therapies to connect other parts of the brain to improve the trauma survivor's ability to process their recovery. 

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:  Capitol Rotunda, 770 M Street SE, Washington, DC 20003                      (Navy Yard between Eastern Market & Navy Yard Metro                          stops)

Dates:         Tuesdays, starting September 12, 2023 and ending on November                           21, 2023, (Except October 31)


Time:        7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Cost:        $650.00

Free off-street parking is available at this location.     

Because Words are Not Enough

Email Candace for more information

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Please use Venmo to make your payment, so that we do not have to pay extra fees. Also, our bank does not accept Zelle, so please do not contact us to request Zelle payment processing. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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