We are thrilled to announce an addition to our team, Art Therapist Lisa Kemble. Lisa’s skills and experience allow us to offer another avenue to help clients process emotional and relational pain. I, Elaine, had a session with Lisa so she could show me how she does her thing and I was amazed at what I discovered about myself following her prompts to use clay and color to express what was going on inside. Even while feeling awkward and unsure about how to do this, somehow I did it and it revealed some new things. Now I want more!! Warning: Lisa is like chocolate. You can’t get enough. Here’s Lisa!
The first time was my senior year of high school, when I broke up with my boyfriend of a year and a half (but I thought we’d get married!), who then proceeded to mercilessly taunt me by making out with his new girlfriend a mere week later, by my locker, outside my English class, after school in the quad where I had to pass by. This, combined with some other more complex and difficult circumstances in my life, caused me to fall into what I now realize was a significant depression. I cried all the time and could barely motivate myself to get out of bed. It was only through pouring out my weary and heartbroken soul into my journal, making collage after depressing collage, and spending countless hours in the steady and solid presence of a trusted friend that the darkness began to lift and I began to feel like me again.
The second time I was in graduate school studying to become a Marital and Family Therapist/Art Therapist. Josh and I were displaced in Los Angeles, far from family and our closest friends, and barely getting by financially. I was stressed out with school, my parents were going through a divorce, and I was struggling to juggle studies, a job, an internship, and a relatively new role as a wife when I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant with over a year of graduate school left to go. It was crushing and miraculous all at the same time—I didn’t know who I would become as a mother or how to become the type of mother I wanted to be. So I coped with the turmoil in the only way I knew how: I turned my thesis project into a heuristic study and did a series of self-portraits and journal entries chronicling my journey into motherhood. The art helped me to name forces inside me too powerful and primal to be put into words. It helped me to understand and know myself, to carve out the next steps of my story.
The third time was years later, when I had three young kids and was reeling from a severed long-term friendship that left me stunned and shattered inside. I didn’t know how to let go, so I spent countless sleepless hours in the middle of the night—the only time I could carve out to be alone—crafting an art book to collect all the beauty and brokenness of that relationship. Scraps of paper, scratched paint, images of nails and gardens, poetry and Scriptures and nests and hands wide open—they blurred together into one messy and layered story that had no clear end, but somehow helped me feel whole again, helped me to let go and forgive and move on.
Art saved me, and it helped me to understand myself and a little bit about my place in the world. Over time, I began to know myself as a Truth-teller, a Listener, a Creator, a lover of Story and Beauty. As an art therapist, I have found a place for each of these things in my work—and it is a sacred place.
Joining The Soul Care House team has been like a dream come true for me, because it has allowed me to combine my dual passions for making art and using it to help people within a supportive and loving community. In my practice, I help people understand their own stories, heal from the wounds of their stories, and move forward in their stories into meaning, freedom and wholeness. The creative process is deeply woven into my work, and even for those who don’t consider themselves “creative” (another post on that later), I have seen art-making become a new voice in peoples’ stories, a voice for and a vehicle of healing. While healing doesn’t happen overnight, sometimes watching people grow and change is so beautiful it’s magical; it brings tears to my eyes. I am blessed every day to do this work and to be a witness to people’s stories in this way. Art can save people, and in the context of a trusting therapeutic relationship, it can point the way toward meaning, freedom and wholeness.”
Lisa is available for individual and couples appointments and will be leading monthly “Soul Art” experiences, held on Saturday mornings. As well as regular craft workshops. She will also be offering a Monday evening Story Group that will run for 8 weeks. Look for more info on these coming soon!
Upcoming Events, Groups & Workshops
Story Box Workshop #2 / Saturday, April 19
Workshop is close to being fully booked! This day of art and fun designed by Lisa Kemble invites you to express your story through the Story box. / Register & find out more.
The Story Group / Mondays evenings, starting April 28th
In this group, we will use the elements of narrative and art to explore our own stories, and to help us understand our stories in ways that bring new insight and true freedom. Through the process, we will each create a personal mini-book that will combine art, collage and journal elements to illustrate a piece of our own journey. / Register & find out more.
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