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Our awesome team of therapists are trained and passionate about working with neurodivergent folx and queer folx, as well as people in open relationships, polyamorous dynamics, relationship anarchy, and the BDSM community. Under Dr. Misty’s expert guidance, we focus on providing affirming and culturally competent care for those who are often marginalized by traditional mental health services. At FlowArt, we celebrate your individuality and offer innovative, tailored care that respects and values your unique journey.

Alli's Creative Process

Therapist Alli Shares Her Creative Process

June 21, 20243 min read

This article was written by FlowArt Therapy's Alli Fisher, who specializes in art therapy with neurodivergent kids, teens, and young adults processing through trauma. Alli is currently welcoming new clients at our practice.

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Our very own art therapist at FlowArt, Alli, shares some of her favorite creative processing art directives for you to try at home! Check out her lovely art below!

Grounding Drip Paintings

This style of art therapy directive helps to ground the individual by focusing their visual sight and movement on a single thing, moving the paint across the canvas paper. 

Therapist Alli creates art directives

For the second example, add a layer of water on the canvas paper first. Then, add a couple of drops of the watered down acrylic paint and move the canvas paper around to move the paint. Again, focus on watching the paint slide across the paper and merge with the other colors. Once you feel complete, grounded, and regulated, let it dry.

Therapist Alli gives art directives

Materials: Acrylic paint watered down to a 1:1 ratio. Water. Paint brush. Canvas paper. 

Instructions: For the first example, put down various drops of the watered down acrylic paint on the canvas paper and move the paint around as desired. Focus on watching the drips slide and move across the paper. Once you feel complete, grounded, and regulated, let it dry.

Solution Focused Free Association Collage

This art therapy directive can be helpful for exploring ways to help cope with a situation and to transform current energy/feeling towards where they would like to be. 

Therapist Alli gives art directives

Materials: Magazines, paper, scissors, and glue

Instructions: This art therapy directive asks the individual to think about and sit in the feeling they'd like to experience. As they sit and focus on that feeling, flip through a magazine and cut out images that stand out to them. Don't think about the image too much. If you notice yourself drawn to the image, cut it out and add it to the collage. Spend about 10 minutes cutting out and creating the piece. Then, take a look at the final image. Notice if you see any themes in the images that provide comfort, maybe these are things to help incorporate to help support or cope. 

Colored Feelings

This is a reflective art therapy directive to focus on what your experience of a feeling is as color/s.

Therapist Alli gives art directives

Materials: Paper and really any colored art making tool

Instructions: Take a moment to sit and focus on the experience of what you are feeling. How does it feel in your body? What is showing up? Are there multiple experiences in your body? Does one stand out more? What would this look like if it were a color/s? How would these colors layer or move across the paper? Then transfer this imagery to paper, draw it. 

Bonus: Do a follow up for how you would like this color/s to look. What do you need to move one image to the next?

I can't wait to see what you create! Let us know at [email protected]

Alli Fisher, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P

Art Therapist, FlowArt Therapy

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Alli Fisher, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P

Alli Fisher is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Provisional Registered Art Therapist at FlowArt Therapy, specializing in working with kids, teens, and young adults.

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About Dr. Misty Gibson

Dr. Misty began FlowArt Therapy as a solo venture in 2016. As she worked alone, she realized that the unique population she serves needed more specialized mental health care than she could provide by herself. In 2020, Dr. Misty decided to expand into a group collective, inviting interns and associates to join her in practicing clinical mental health and sex therapy for neurodivergent, queer, polyamorous, and kinky individuals.

Over the years, Dr. Misty has trained many students, interns, and associates in competent, compassionate, and consent-based therapy, using a relational-cultural approach. To be a part of FlowArt Therapy, it’s essential that all therapists are sex-positive, neurodivergent-informed, and committed to continuing their education in these areas. Dr. Misty has transformed her practice into a collaborative teaching space, where she closely models and trains therapists in these focused methods.

Together with her colleague and business partner, Michell Brockman, Dr. Misty is expanding the reach of FlowArt. They’re working on bringing on-demand learning opportunities to the public and to clinical mental health practitioners about the intersection of neurodivergence and queer identities through FlowArt Academy, The Sparkle Newsletter, The Sparkle App (coming soon), and the Neurosparkly podcast.

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