“The therapeutic, non-verbal process of art therapy with a skilled professional provides an opportunity to reach a part of ourselves not usually accessible.”
JODI STROM BFA, M. Ed., DVATI
Jodi has worked in addiction treatment and recovery as counselor, art therapist and indigenous liaison. Art therapy was a natural confluence of Jodi’s experience and training as an art educator, artist and administrator and her work in the addiction field, including her own recovery with addicted loved ones. As such, she is uniquely positioned to bring both a professional and personal lens to her practice in support of others seeking to improve their well-being.
Her therapeutic approach is rooted in Positive Psychology and is strength-based, trauma-informed, inclusive and collaborative in nature, with the client and therapist as partners in goal setting and working creatively reach those goals. She uses an integrative approach to art therapy, counseling and psychotherapy, based on the unique needs of the client, specializing in addiction treatment and recovery and trauma stabilization.
Jodi respectfully creates the safety, support and opportunity for her client’s journey and voice, to release fear and anxiety in order to freely explore themselves through art making. The art materials act as a container for our emotion and our stories. With Jodi’s therapeutic and trauma-informed practice, individuals can make sense and meaning of these stories and their metaphors and begin their healing journey or further support their personal goals and develop a greater sense of well-being.
As a professional member of BCATA and CATA, she upholds the professional and ethical standards of these associations.
“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
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