"The beginning is the most important part of the work." -Plato
Happy New Year! The beginning of the new year, is an awesome time to review the prior year and make resolutions (or set goals) for the year ahead. In my annual review, I like to focus on what I have accomplished, my areas still needing improvement, and ask myself what did I learn from my mistakes from last year. I feel that this annual review allows me to visualize the work ahead (i.e., my resolutions) for the new year. One thing I have learned is that I have to set deadlines for myself, verbalize the goal, and create measurable objectives that assist me in meeting my goal. Resolutions that do not materialize into goals with measurable objectives seem to always vanish in the air. If you have made resolutions and need assistance in having someone hold you accountable (or explore what is holding you back from accomplishing your resolutions), call me for a free consultation.
In this new year, I have serveral resolutions for Evolve Through Art (ETA). I look forward to expanding Evolve Through Art's services to include supervision of Art Therapy graduate students and new graduates working towards their ATR-BC and LCAT. I am excited about educating a larger audience on Art Therapy as a profession and the impact of how the creative process plus psychotherapy (i.e., Art Therapy) transforms lives. I am happy to annouce that I will have that educational opportunity with my first Art Therapy presentation of the year on February 22, 2013 for the Institute for Family Health.
Finally, please join me in signing an important petition that will assist the profession of Art Therapy tremendously. Here is the link:
I signed this petition because Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs), despite their thorough/demanding graduate training and required post graduate work, are being treated as unqualified mental health professionals by many health insurances in
NY. I feel that if diagnosing was added to our scope of practice, LCATs (and other licenses) would be able to be "out of network" as well as "in network" providers for many more health insurances and provide psychotherapy to more people who
are unable to pay for mental health services if they cannot use their insurance. If you sign, please let me know so that I can send you my most sincerest thank you for your help!
My warmest regards to you in the new year,
By: Diana Gil Velez
Diana is a NYC based Art Therapist, Psychotherapist, and Visual Artist.