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Stories of Strength

TRIUMPH is a Triumph for Group Counseling

In addition to our team of nine marriage and family therapy trainees, we are lucky to have Tara Graviss, an expressive art therapy intern, who has generously volunteered her time to implement art therapy for sexual and relationship violence survivors that incorporate our TRIUMPH core competencies: educating clients on the neurobiology of trauma, resiliency skills, empowerment, and trauma-informed services.

Tara Graviss incorporates TRIUMPH concepts into expressive arts groups for shelter residents and counseling clients. Clients overwhelmingly expressed feeling better after participating in Tara’s Creative Connections groups. Her groups provide tools for relaxation, confidence, body-awareness, empowerment, problem-solving, feeling identification, trust, self/emotional expression, coping, and stress reduction. Tara is humbled that clients would trust her enough to join her on these creative journeys, which include multiple media, such as painting, dancing, writing poems, telling stories, and creating collages. Each and every time she holds a group art therapy session, clients show up, willing to participate and try.

“Art is very healing. Painting, along with the talking, helps me make connections to heal internally to feel less broken.”

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