Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom. -Victor Frankl
Cindy Gordon is an art therapist and psychotherapist in private practice (HealChangeGrow) in Longmont, CO. She works with children, teens and adults facing a range of issues, including sexual trauma, depression, grief, medical illness, and relationship and body image issues. She combines art therapy with animal-assisted psychotherapy, in which animals are partners in the therapeutic process. She believes animals, in addition to art-making, can reduce stress, teach us lessons about ourselves and facilitate therapy in innovative ways. Cindy works with clients using both verbal psychotherapy and non-verbal methods (art therapy, photography, and writing). Clients have found art-making, such as collage, painting, drawing, poetry, as well as photography, productive methods to reduce stress, promote self-awareness, and gain insights about themselves. She uses an eclectic approach, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness elements. She also has a deep interest in sharing an existentialist perspective, so clients will explore how they make meaning in their lives, and how they may do so in the future in a way that is consistent with their core values. Cindy has found that these psychotherapeutic methods dovetail nicely with the EDIT™ approach: it is strongly strength-based and client-centered, and the EDIT™ model lends itself nicely to integrating creative elements.