As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist, Tory Booth enjoys working with individuals and families in a creative and supportive environment with a focus on your goals and utilizing your existing strengths.
Art Therapy is the combination of utilizing the creative process in its many forms within the therapeutic process. Whether it is creating works of art, writing, doodling or storytelling the goal is to encourage expression, meaning creation, self-awareness and to integrate new information that is gathered along the way. This process allows for opportunities to live a balanced and confident life.
The creation of art taps into areas of the brain that are largely non-verbal. Art therapy can release aspects of your experiences that may have seemed confusing or disconnected. By expressing these experiences, art therapy can provide a more complete picture to areas of struggle. Your art can become your own language and this is available to children and adults. No art experience or belief that you are an artist is needed to benefit from art as a therapeutic medium.
I obtained a dual masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from the accredited and approved program at Antioch University Seattle. I have experience providing therapy to people in community mental health since 2009 and have supported many people of varying backgrounds to successfully meet their unique challenges with creativity and resilience.
The first step in the therapy process is building a trusting and compassionate therapeutic relationship. I offer a down to earth approach that recognizes both struggles and strengths. Growth occurs when we sense that we are truly accepted for who we are right now. When this happens, one is better equipped to see what one may want to hold onto and what one may want to shift. I will think creatively with you as this process unfolds and provide a safe place for you to think, feel and construct meaning of your experiences. – Tory Booth MA, LMFT, ATR