Sensitives and sensitivity: the psychology of “artists”


my life as a poem




I work as a licensed professional clinical counselor. I work using an expressive arts methodology of resource building and decentering.  I work as a board certified art therapist teaching my supervise’s ways to facilitate expansion, surface, and resonance through art making with their clients.

I was taught at Southwestern college in Santa Fe, NM that the clients you are supposed to work with, will find you, and flourish your private practice. I find that “sensitives” find me and I find great joy in working with them.  Some of my “sensitives” identify as artists, some are hidden artists easily revealed, and some would not identify as artists, but do resonant with being a sensitive.

The needs of a sensitive: ” time to reflect, nature, art making, relationship harmony”

The reactions of a sensitive: “to hide”

a sensitive in denial of being a sensitive: “feels inadequate”

A sensitive : ” sees the beauty in the dark”


“The extremely antique art of mosaic has given me the possibility to fuse history with my expressive and aesthetic needs in a contemporary context”.

I want each mosaic to have maximum liberty to be itself

Terry Tempest Williams and Expressive ARTS

The below quotation from Terry Tempest Williams reminds me of the gift Expressive Arts give us/me. For me I learned to trust the surface as the blank canvas, open stage, where the surface is the now and the now is always ready to share and unfold its abundant connections. Something is always there I said during my first philosophy EXA class. Something is always on the surface.

Similarly my love of mosaic and poetry is the surface with depth. Grounded and inspired.

“I used to believe that truth was found only below the surface of things.  Underground. I was a discipline of depth. What was hidden was what I desired.

But something changed.

It’s the dismemberment of a territory

I am interested now in what my eyes can see, what my fingers can touch, what my hand can know by moving slowly across flesh, or fur, or feathers, or stone.

I trust what I see. The surface of things is what we see.

I trust what I touch.

The surface of things is what we touch”

photo is :

Light dance I saw on my ceiling


From Broken to Beautiful: Mosaics as an Expressive Arts Therapy

IEATA conference in Peru

This summer We Are Mosaics offered a workshop, Mosaics as an Expressive Arts Therapy:  From Broken to Beautiful at the first International Expressive Arts conference in Peru. This workshop focused on the flow of magic that allows for an international professional adult group of 40 participants to design and construct a mosaic mural. “I found a sense of community I have been looking for many years as I work at home alone,  said Paco.” Another participant spoke of how she was very skeptical that a group of strangers could work together, ” It was a Magical facilitation.”  many thanks to all the participants and assistants. We had a blast. The final mosaics will be installed at TAE, the Expressive Arts Institute in Lima, Peru

We Are Mosaics

Putting the pieces back together

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