Mindfulness Based Therapeutic Expressive Arts Life Coach
Mental Wellness Resiliency and Recovery Coach
Integrated Medicine for Mental Health Practitioner
Colorado Psychotherapist and Addictions Counselor (TeleHealth Only) and Missouri Substance Use Specialist
All sessions delivered online or via telehealth currently.
A message from Jessica ...
I grew up around artists my entire life but was intimidated by their realism skills. And later, in my 30's when somehow became an art teacher (!) I had to teach myself and then get "caught up" really quickly. I ended up studying at the Kansas City Art Institutes Continuing Education program obtaining a certificate in Fine Art, pursuing my MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College, exploring creative and expressive arts with a certificate through Sophia University, completing my Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Certification and taking tons of art history, studio art, art therapy and expressive arts therapy workshops and courses.
You don't need any art background for these courses.
Of course it helps and if you do have that, YOUR challenge is going to be to get outside of your head with elements and principles. To leave the academic training at the door and only explore and create with what you are drawn to not what is appropriate from color wheel or composition.
Since 2003 I have taught art, music, poetry and movement to children and adults through the use of expressive arts education. I have also used it as therapy for process oriented healing of my own traumatic experiences of the past from living and teaching in the classroom surviving armed intruders and the community trauma of Columbine. I have worked with individuals for spiritual and personal growth, therapeutic arts coaching, and creative exploration for the past 15 years incorporating mindfulness practices with expressive and therapeutic arts practice. My background as a registered psychotherapist and substance use professional as well as my 25 years of teaching experience helps me, help YOU to be the best facilitator you can be. I completed my training as a Grief Counseling Specialist and in Healing with Art for Palliative End of Life Care in 2019 and have numerous clinical trauma specialties, mood disorders certifications and expressive arts therapy certifications.
I've been a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation for over 20 years, studied Pranayama and Primordial Breathwork and Meditation at the Chopra Center and am trained in Isha Kriya, iRest, Yoga Nidra, Chair Yoga, Restorative and Gentle Flow as well as Taoist meditation, Metta and moving meditations along with being trained in John Kabat Zinn’s Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Schools. I have studied with Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and Deepak Chopra and am a trained Teacher of Presence through Eckhardt Tolle. I am a certified mindfulness practitioner, a master mindfulness and meditation teacher, a Therapeutic Art and Mindfulness and Meditation Life Coach, expressive arts therapist and meditative artist. I have been a student of Bhakti yoga for nearly a decade, while embracing and calling on the power of universal energy from the Christ Consciousness, Christian Mystics, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Sufism and Indigenous and earth based traditions. I come from a New Thought (Earnest Holmes and Charles Fillmore), Universalist perspective respecting all paths of spirituality and am an active elder and seminary student in the progressive Christian doctrine of Disciples of Christ, embracing equity for all, advocating social justice causes and living life from a compassionate perspective. I actively study with Richard Rohr and his colleagues at The Center for Action and Contemplation as well as engage in Yogic studies from Krishna Das, Neem Karoli Baba and Indigenous tribal studies including extensive work in animism with Dr. Daniel Floor. I am of European and Ojibwa/Ottawa decent.
I added Mental Health Integrated Medicine in 2018, focusing on nutrition and lifestyle changes to my practice as a method to enhance mood, control anxiety and improve general health specifically for pain management, trauma, grief and addictions recovery as well as Indigenous histories with plant based healing. I have since completed and am completing my CYT-200 yoga teacher training and additional specialties including Accessible Yoga training with Jivana Heyman and Amber Karnes, Yoga For All with Diane Bondy and Amber Karnes, Kids Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra , Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Subtle Yoga (a neuro-integrated, slow process that is mental wellness focused). Additional training in Yoga Therapy is ongoing.
Yoga is about coming home to yourself.
-Jivana Heyman, Accessible Yoga
Yoga. It is not just asana (poses). That misses the point of yoga all together. Yoga encompasses the practices of meditation, breath, chant, study, devotion and love, service, poses, social justice and so much more. Yoga is an inward journey, not gymnastics. Yoga is not religious. It's a philosophy like Buddhism. However yoga is embraced by some religions and it surely is spiritually energetic. Yoga is union with True Self--union between the ego and the mind and the spirit. Samadhi.
We help and invite anyone, regardless of health, body type, ability, race, sexual orientation, religion, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, residence or lack there of, sex, to use our services and welcome you into practice.
"As a very large woman, I know first hand how intimidatingly and unwelcoming some yoga studios can be and how hard it is to believe in a world full of thin, perfect bodied women and men leading yoga, that I could be a yoga teacher. Amber Karnes and Diane Bondy showed me that indeed, "every body is a yoga body". That it is a Western social myth that large bodies, individuals with disabilities, the sick, the poor, those of different skin tone and culture can't be yoga teachers or that they don't fit in a yoga studio. Every body fits here. Even bodies that are bound to beds. I believe in a holistic strengths based, wellness approach focusing on creating positive wellness and coping strategies for healing and life's journey in 1:1 coaching and group counseling and therapy. I see mental health challenges not as mental illness, but as an opportunity to develop strategies and skills for mental wellness. Creating the mindfulness based holistic approach wellness not only supports whole person development and healing, but creates the opportunity for union with the Divine."
- Jessica Waters, Owner
Life Coaching, Workshop Facilitation and Counseling
Jessica is a verified provider with Being Seen Collective and Open Path Psychotherapy Collective for Colorado residents who are seeking mindfulness based holistic expressive arts therapy. All other areas we offer Recovery and Therapeutic Expressive Art Coaching.
MBTI Therapeutic Expressive Arts Facilitation & Coaching combines psychology and the creative process to promote emotional and spiritual growth and healing. This multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy
and counseling uses our inborn desire to create—be it music, theater, poetry, dance, film her artistic form—as a tool to help initiate change.
The purpose of my custom designed programs for individuals and support groups are to help you stabilize, restore, and optimize your physical, mental and emotional health. Therapeutic Expressive Arts, wellness counseling, lifestyle coaching, psycho education and the development of coping strategies are offered as we work together to create a path through life for you that is meaningful and healthy.
What happens during a Coaching session?
Of course it's different for everyone, but topics often include:
New loss and all the big changes that go with it.
Adjustment issues with big life changes.
Lifestyle modification and the development of positive lifestyle habits.
Self-esteem, and the challenge of rebuilding self confidence.
Every day stressors like work, childcare, and managing a household.
Identifying triggers, coping mechanisms and mindfulness based coping skills.
Difficulties with decision-making, from the every day to the big life decisions that many grievers are facing alone after loss.
Identifying support and improving communication with family and friends.
Dealing with complicated emotions like anger, guilt and shame.
Lifestyle support and mindfulness coping skill development for any mental health issue.
We have excellent organizations and practices to refer you to in case you may need more assistance with a specific issue or a desire to try medication in tandem with therapy and coaching.
What is Integrated Medicine for Mental Health?
Mental Health Integrated Medicine is the process of evaluating and providing suggestions for lifestyle modifications that directly impact mental health. I am trained by Harvard trained traumatologist and former clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Leslie Korn. Dr. Korn has studied indigenous medicine and the impact of nutrition, movement, supplements and sleep on mental wellness specifically in the treatment of mental health disorders. Jessica has also completed her traditional medicine program from the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Jessica is currently completing training in Ayurveda.
Mindfulness Based Trauma Informed Classroom Coaching and SEL Integrated Arts
Looking to implement trauma informed classroom strategies and techniques into your school or classroom? Wanting to know more about mindfulness's role in schools and in your classroom and how it positively impacts behavior? I have assisted Title 1 schools with high trauma populations in training and implementing these very practices as well as have been a trauma informed, mindfulness based, SEL inclusive classroom teacher at the elementary level since 2001. That's right. After Columbine, I was apart of Colorado's violence prevention initiatives and studied trauma beginning in 2000 with Dr. Bruce Perry, developmental trauma expert and creator of the Child Trauma Academy. Since I have been trained in trauma practices and therapies with trauma specialists Dr. Janina Fischer, Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, Dr. Dan Seagal and many more. I have an extensive background in mindfulness, but school specific training from Mindful Schools. Please see my bio for all of the different experiences I have trained in and lived. I have used my methods in schools with 90% poverty, 23 different languages, refugee and homeless populations and multi-racial schools. I have seen amazing results in the classroom and with individual students when these practices are implemented and co-regulation occurs. First however, we have to learn to be regulated in high stress situations as well. I am available for 1:1 mentoring and coaching for teachers who want support implementing these practices. If you are not in the Kansas City area, let's talk about how we can work together through Zoom. Small groups can work this way as well. School site mentoring and training is available but currently limited due to scheduling.
Healing Through Art in Palliative Care
Healing Through Art in Palliative Care is a process of being with people who are dying and those who are grieving. I am a professionally certified Healing Through Art in Palliative Care facilitator and trainer and Certified Grief Counseling Specialist who helps in many ways to ease the process of dying, grieving, and acknowledging death as a sacred act. I provide grounded, loving, compassionate coaching and guidance and speak with one voice to provide a compassionate witness to both family and the dying person. Expressive Arts methods are used to assist in processing, coping and celebrating one's end of life.
How does all this work?
We start with a FREE 30 minute phone consultation. You'll speak with me, Jessica Waters, the founder of MBCAI aWe will work together to first get a sense of your needs. With our next appointment we will learn more about you and find the tools, perspective and strategy you need to begin the process of healing, working with you in the therapeutic process. Sessions can be done over the phone or via Zoom or Doxy.me which means you can fit it into your day, without ever having to leave home. My hours are predominantly evenings and weekends. After the consult we will schedule a 1 hour session. Typically they are one time a week to start, but we can do it once or twice a month if that's better for you. There is no set or required schedule and no minimum number of sessions required to sign up. The cost is 40.00 per 1 hour session or 20.00 per 1/2 hour session. Typically we meet once a week but can meet more often or less often given the situation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-585-0532 to schedule your appointment.
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