Fall Retreat

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Early this Fall Maggie’s supervison group met for a retreat that was led by Bevie LaBrie and Charmagne Derichs.  Maggie presented this opportunity for her supervisees as a break from the traditional group format. It offered the group an opportunity to process thoughts and feelings about their clients or places of employment. It provided the group time to practice self-care, reflection and intention setting. And it gave us a time to connect as a community of like-minded professionals to share our strengths and be vulnerable about our struggles.

The weather was absolutely perfect as we spent our morning on the banks of the Mississippi. Bevie led an experiential that focussed on connecting with nature and the elements. In addition to visual journaling, I took advantage of the opportunity to get behind an actual camera lens again and document the beauty around me. We returned to the CATC studio in the
afternoon as Charmagne led us in yoga and mindfullness practices. This was a time dedicated to being in our bodies, to feel grounded & move with intention.

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It was an incredible day and an enriching experience for all!

If you are seeking supervision for LPC/LPCC or ATR licensure CATC has group and individual supervison opportunities available.

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Get to know Melissa Turgeon

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Tell us more about your “day job”.

I’m the Facing Cancer Together, Program Director at Angel Foundation. Angel Foundation is a local Twin Cities non-profit that has two programs, one that provides Emergency Assistance to adults in active cancer treatment. I’m the Director of the Facing Cancer Together program that provides expertise to help adults with children who have cancer, parent through cancer. Our programs focus on the family to help increase communication and coping tools. Additionally, help provide age-appropriate and honest information to children at every potential stage of cancer. We have year-round, free, programs that include a camp, teen outreach, and family programming.

What do you do in addition to your work at CATC?

I’ve been flexing my leadership muscles and attended the Women’s Leadership Conference last spring at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. It was a great opportunity to challenge my therapy sensibilities and integrate women-inspired inspiration and develop harmony in my career. I also thrive learning and experiencing more about integrative and creative arts therapies, to cultivate ways to continue to help those living with chronic illness. I am traveling to New York next month for the Expressive Arts Summit and get back to my Pratt Institute Art Therapy roots. I’m thrilled to be participating in collaborative workshops from multidisciplinary professionals. I’m also a big nerd for voracious reading about herbs and essentials oils and anything I can eat medicinally to improve health. I use witch hazel and tea tree oil for everything!

Who’s your favorite artist (visual/musician/performance…)?

Prince. It will forever and always be Prince. I saw Prince many times at Paisley Park in the 1995-1996, “Love For One Another” performances and his genius will never outshine anyone else for me.

What do you do to get the creative juices flowing?

I really love to dance. If I need to perk up, I likely will put on a really loud dance song and jump around to fully get myself out of my brain. I overthink things sometimes and movement really helps me shift everything over and refreshes my creative flow.

What are your other hobbies/passions?

I enjoy gardening, traveling, going to the movies, and snowboarding. But, my favorite activities always include my husband and my daughter.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

I had kale with a fried egg.

What made you decide to become an art therapist?

Being an only child, it always felt so isolating, so I turned to art to learn how to express myself and explore a variety of modalities. I loved being messy and going against the rules. I always was inspired by the process of art versus the polished look or message of a final art product. When I learned of Art Therapy at the library, before the dawn of the internet, it immediately captured my attention to learn more. I was fascinated that Art Therapy could give meaning to those who couldn’t express themselves with words. I was immediately hooked.

Get to know Jessi Bruehling

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How would you describe your style of therapy?
I am a cognitive behavioral, humanistic, art therapist. This means I use CBT techniques such as mindfulness and motivational interviewing in addition to creating art and the creative process as clients are interested. I create a safe space using non-judgmental approaches to guide clients through self-examination in order to grow, explore, and express their thoughts and feelings, their dreams, and achieve their goals and potentials. Through this process clients become more fulfilled. I help clients focus on managing the present and future by addressing how their past experiences might contribute to who they are and how they behave today. The artistic process may be particularly beneficial for those who may not be able to fully express themselves verbally. It may also be a helpful aid in linking the mind and body for a more holistic process.

Who’s your favorite artist (visual/musician/performance…)?
It is difficult to pick one favorite artist. Maybe my mom, as I was able to experience her authentic beauty and focused attention when we did art together. It was all about the process. I tend to find modern art as my favorite type of art as it can elicit some very specific and intense feelings. I appreciate the artist’s intentionality, playfulness, and creativity with an idea vs. the technical skill of the art piece.
This is similar with the type of music and musicians that I find most pleasing. I always say however, that the kind of music I like most depends on the situation (dramatic female vocalists such as Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos and Carole King are great when I am in the car, house music or blue grass is best when dancing, and classical is a great accompaniment to reading or art creation). I will always love the Beatles and Michael Jackson (who is also probably my favorite performer!).

What’s is your own artwork like? What’s your favorite medium?
My art changes as I evolve. These days I enjoy using my yard as my canvas, with a composition of flowers, vegetables, fairy gardens, and gathering areas. I hope to take up pottery and wheel throwing again soon as this was one of my favorite mediums. I also love to paint. My art ranges from very literal to abstract.

Other than work, what keeps you busy?
My children. I love spending time with my kids. I love watching and helping them explore, play, learn, and grow. My family and I also spend a lot of time attending and enjoying local community events and gatherings with friends. I like street fairs, art shows, bike events, neighborhood parties, community volunteering, etc.

How do you unwind?
I like to just “be” and wander outside. Walks have always worked when I need to unwind. Late at night, I admit, I sometimes indulge in my favorite Netflix show.

Coffee or tea?
Coffee for sure. Tea for added fun.

What made you decide to become an art therapist?
My mom was my greatest artistic influence. She helped art become a natural part of my every day expression. After becoming a therapist, I decided that it felt natural to include art as a part of how I can help others express themselves.

Jessi Bruehling Cleberg is currently accepting new clients for therapy at two locations in Minneapolis, with the Creative Arts Therapy Collaborative at the Ivy Building and with Catalyst in Uptown. She accepts most major insurances including Ucare, Medica/BHP, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Partners, and Preferred One. You may connect with her via email at JLBruehling@hotmail.com or via phone at 612-865-3941.

Experiential Night 4

**Due to low registration, we will be canceling/postponing the Experiential Night scheduled for 6/11.  Look for more details later this summer**

Experiential Night

Hosted by Maggie Evans & Melissa Turgeon of CATC

Family Trees / Genograms

Not just for genealogy research or an assessment tool!

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Who:     Counselors, social workers, psychologists, teachers, nurses, others in “helping professions”*

When:   Thursday, June 11th.  7-9:00 pm

Where:  CATC Studio.  Ivy Building.  2637 27th Ave. S.  Minneapolis, MN  55406

Cost:      $15 to register.  Donations toward supplies also accepted.

This is an opportunity to not only spend some time engaging in valuable self-care & enriching your creative “self” but also to consult, socialize & network with other like-minded professionals. We will be creating family trees and/or genograms using visual creative processes. This is your opportunity to think outside the box & create a work of art to depict family systems. We will have a variety of 2D materials available. If you have preferred materials, photographs, etc. bring them along! Bring a sketchbook or journal for additional processing if you wish. We will have light snacks and beverages. For more information or to register please email Maggie at meevans77@gmail.com or Melissa at melissa.turgeon@gmail.com

Open Art Therapy Studio

Hosted by Jessi and Maggie

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Photo by: Jim Bovin Photography

We invite you to reconnect with your own creativity alongside art therapy peers

Who:     Art Therapists

When:   Friday, May 8th  7-9pm.

Where:  CATC Studio.  Ivy Building.  2637 27th Ave. S.  Minneapolis, MN  55406

Cost:      $10 to register.  Donations toward supplies also accepted.

This is an opportunity to utilize an Open Studio environment to choose the materials as well as the theme of your artwork. The Open Studio philosophy will lend itself to lean art techniques and explore materials that may be new to you. You may choose to share and witness one another’s artwork in a safe and respectful space. Please bring your journal for reflection.

For more information or to register, please email Maggie at mevans77@gmail.com.