What are the benefits of PATCH Methodology and the process of healing and nurturing through Creative and Sensory Exploration?
Just like we need food, shelter and clothing, people also require meaningful connection and relationships to thrive in our world. We believe Restorative Practices offer the guidelines and structures needed to begin to help diverse individuals and groups cultivate a sense of belonging, understanding and agency that is essential to building a healthy, thriving community. These practices are rooted in Indigenous communities that have understood the importance of the circle and actions of reciprocity for connection and unity for hundreds of years. We cannot heal and thrive without a safe environment that allows diverse people to collectively share their social identities, stories, and wisdom without judgment. The Circle process by its very nature promotes the sharing of different experiences and perspectives. However, oftentimes the vulnerability and courage needed for authentic sharing, healthy dialogue, and breaking down barriers is difficult to achieve due to the levels of trauma, oppression and stress we have experienced. This is where the infusion of playful expressive arts and somatic practices into the process becomes critical. They offer the creative and sensory stimulation needed to soothe the body and the nervous system and cultivate a sense of bodily safety and belonging. The creative and sensory processes connect us to our bodily sensations so that we can gain awareness of our feelings and what we need to transform and release them. Once we can safely understand and transform our identities, feelings and memories, we can successfully begin to interact with and meet the challenges of others. The playful and creative group exploration builds the deep trust and empathy needed to navigate challenges and come up with innovative solutions and new ways of being. It has been proven that this kinesthetic and creative exploration not only reduces stress and increases regulation but it also breaks down barriers between people, opening the door for more authentic sharing, compassion, empathy, and collaboration.
Our unique methodology draws from the knowledge and skills we have acquired as highly trained and experienced Expressive Arts Therapists and Restorative Practitioners. For the past decade we have been working with diverse individuals and groups of all ages struggling with loss of agency, grief, anxiety, depression, illness, and other difficult life challenges. Our combined methodology creates the supportive, safe container needed to creatively explore, process, and transform our experiences, identities, and challenges and meet the demands of today’s ever changing world. The methodology is so successful because it is Process Focused, Arts-Based, Trauma-Informed, Culturally Sensitive, and Holistic.
We offer a safe, nourishing place for self-discovery where each person is empowered to explore, express and transform their truth and maximize their ability to thrive during life’s transition and challenges. Focus is on recognizing that the client is the expert of their own life and implementing strategies and modalities that are creative, restorative, healing, culturally sensitive and trauma informed to achieve the clients’ goals.
We offer a safe, nourishing place for self-discovery where each person is empowered to explore, express and transform their own truth and maximize their ability to thrive during life’s transition and challenges. Focus is on recognizing that the client is the expert of their own life and implementing strategies and modalities that are creative, restorative, healing, culturally sensitive and trauma informed to achieve the clients’ goals. The process re-connects the client(s) with their own innate wisdom, values and truth. The greatest gift is the actual process of creative and sensory exploration and its inherent instrumentality for healing, well-being, connection and change.
We utilize embodied awareness and restorative, arts-based interventions to support trauma reparation and recovery. The PATCH method is sensitive to the fact that we all experience and react to our environments and stress and harm differently. We recognize the signs of stress and trauma, and teach you skills to respond to harm and its effects on your body without causing re-traumatization. We integrate expressive arts methods with current best practices in trauma-informed care to help heal and find increased regulation, resilience, connection and well-being.
PATCH incorporates cultural sensitivity into all our work. We understand the importance of recognizing and understanding how our culture and social identities can impact the work. Our process accommodates, respects, values and honors differences in opinion, values and attitudes, and we are careful to not alienate anyone in the process. It is imperative that we name and understand the invisible effects of social constructs and power on our agency and belonging.
The PATCH methodology provides embodied and sensory engagement that supports the integration of the whole person. We believe to achieve well-being we must use tools that help us open the doors to self-discovery and help us gain awareness, expression, and connectedness at all levels of our body and mind.