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Expressive Arts Therapy

Learning to F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself)​

Using ​Expressive Arts Therapy and finding ways to first love yourself, is a process in life, and throughout life​. One should never stop learning ways to better themselves. ​Learning to F.L.Y., is a safe empathic, non-judgmental environment. It is a transformative process for change using one or few or a variety of modalities.

One doesn’t have to be an artist to create art, nor does one have to have suffered any trauma or hardships. All it requires is openness and willingness to experience and explore what you already have within yourself.

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Learning to F.L.Y.
(First Love Yourself)

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Est. 2018
Expressive Arts Therapy

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Over 25 years
of experience

Expressive Arts Therapy Classes

Expressive Arts Therapy combined psychology and the creative process is to promote emotional growth and healing. The difference between Expressive Arts Therapy and Art Therapy is that Expressive Arts Therapy draws from a variety of art forms, while Art Therapy tends to be based on one particular art form.

Expressive Arts is a discipline of assisting and healing that uses the arts as its basis of discovery and change. Many disciplines of art form are used in group and individual art sessions.

visual

VISUAL

dance

DANCE/MOVEMENT

music

MUSIC/VOCALIZATION

drama

DRAMA

theatre

THEATRE

writing-poetry

WRITING POETRY

visual

VISUAL

dance

DANCE / MOVEMENT

music

MUSIC / VOCALIZATION

drama

DRAMA

theatre

THEATRE

writing-poetry

WRITING POETRY

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Hi, I’m Lucy!

The creative process is everything to me! Art is life!

Learning to F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself)​, is an ongoing commitment and process in life. As a child I would find myself in the basement creating art. I felt it was a calming process for me, and I felt safe.Little did I know, I began naturally using art as a therapeutic outlet, comforting me, through lost feelings of confusion and sadness.

I was born and raised in Toronto, youngest of 5, in a second generation Italian setting. I witnessed verbal/physical domestic violence from my parents on many occasions​. ​The memories of the violence are forever implanted in me. I can replay certain events from decades ago, as if they happened yesterday. However the trauma has left me.

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As there are plenty of statistics to indicate that many children experience trauma in individual ways, there is still little understanding of how children process and cope with different levels of trauma.

In my situation, looking back, I know that I was mostly left to my own devices to handle anything emotional. I experienced a lot of self blame and struggles with my self esteem/self worth, throughout childhood/teenage years and adulthood.

To make a long story short, my mother had raised 5 kids on her own, and worked several jobs to put food on the table. There seemed to be no other way to salvage the damages that had impacted our family, Somehow my mother had put together all her resources, and facing forward, feet grounded, heart in hand, battered and emotionally dismantled, she had to learn to, first love herself again, and find a way to start over.

While my mother was removed from the violence for several years, she tragically was a victim of a home invasion, when I was in my early 20’s, and subsequently she was left to die in her burned down home, that she paid for, on her own, while working many jobs.

Needless to say, it was a painful time for me and myfamily. I reverted back to the art process, naturally, as I learned from childhood. Through the arts, I would find words for the events that I was unable to articulate, as they were too painful or unclear. If there are no words, there can be pictures. Art was a way for me to work through what was happening around me and to accept what I couldn’t change. My creative expressions transformed my painful reactions to traumatic situations, and gave me strength and ability to identify that I had a source through my felt senses, and was able to accept painful feelings and remodel my inner reality. I found my purpose throughout the journey of my life growing up.

I was always curious, looking for ways to put art and healing together, as it has been a strong force in my healing.. After a year of traveling on my own..hiking and backpacking in third world countries and working in Australia, I returned with a fresh mind set. My palate was clear, and my canvas was primed to create a new beginning that was awaiting me! I began college and university studies and I involved myself in youth outreach volunteer work, as well as working directly with children and adults with complex needs. It was working in the Social services field that I met, like minded-people ,and I knew that I was following the path that was gonna lead me to what I was meant to be and do. In 1997 ​I ​enrolled in the International School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy. This intensive 3 year graduate school, had the greatest impact on my purpose. During my studies I was also receiving Expressive Arts Therapy from a psychotherapist for 3 years, I graduated and was supervising a Day Services Program, conducting Expressive ArtsTherapy, as well as becoming an entrepreneur, creating and selling my art. I am now 25 years in the making, of always recreating a more meaningful and rewarding life for myself and people who I learn from and teach.

What ultimately keeps resurfacing in my growth and what I have witnessed in others, is that learning to love yourself is crucial in understanding and accepting yourself in the process of life. I’m always finding ways to stay focussed on doing what I feel I have been ordained to do, in life, and not to stray away from it, I love what I do and do what I love. ​ ​By loving and forgiving yourself and others for any misgivings and flaws, you are setting yourself free, and learning to F.L.Y. (First love yourself). It’s as simple as that, yet it is something that requires some nurturing.
Using Expressive Arts Therapy and finding ways to first love yourself, will open you up to the treasures of personal growth/ a sense of well being, and endless possibilities to create.

Joy/celebration and acceptance, through the arts and throughout life. My pledge to you is that I will take the time to be present, in the moment, through your art process, and will strive to offer uniquely rich and varied experiences.

Warm regards,

Lucy R. Grundy

lucy-nw

Hi, I’m Lucy!

The creative process is everything to me! Art is life!

Learning to F.L.Y. (First Love Yourself)​, is an ongoing commitment and process in life. As a child I would find myself in the basement creating art. I felt it was a calming process for me, and I felt safe.Little did I know, I began naturally using art as a therapeutic outlet, comforting me, through lost feelings of confusion and sadness.

I was born and raised in Toronto, youngest of 5, in a second generation Italian setting. I witnessed verbal/physical domestic violence from my parents on many occasions​. ​The memories of the violence are forever implanted in me. I can replay certain events from decades ago, as if they happened yesterday. However the trauma has left me.

As there are plenty of statistics to indicate that many children experience trauma in individual ways, there is still little understanding of how children process and cope with different levels of trauma.

In my situation, looking back, I know that I was mostly left to my own devices to handle anything emotional. I experienced a lot of self blame and struggles with my self esteem/self worth, throughout childhood/teenage years and adulthood.

To make a long story short, my mother had raised 5 kids on her own, and worked several jobs to put food on the table. There seemed to be no other way to salvage the damages that had impacted our family, Somehow my mother had put together all her resources, and facing forward, feet grounded, heart in hand, battered and emotionally dismantled, she had to learn to, first love herself again, and find a way to start over.

While my mother was removed from the violence for several years, she tragically was a victim of a home invasion, when I was in my early 20’s, and subsequently she was left to die in her burned down home, that she paid for, on her own, while working many jobs.

Needless to say, it was a painful time for me and myfamily. I reverted back to the art process, naturally, as I learned from childhood. Through the arts, I would find words for the events that I was unable to articulate, as they were too painful or unclear. If there are no words, there can be pictures. Art was a way for me to work through what was happening around me and to accept what I couldn’t change. My creative expressions transformed my painful reactions to traumatic situations, and gave me strength and ability to identify that I had a source through my felt senses, and was able to accept painful feelings and remodel my inner reality. I found my purpose throughout the journey of my life growing up.

I was always curious, looking for ways to put art and healing together, as it has been a strong force in my healing.. After a year of traveling on my own..hiking and backpacking in third world countries and working in Australia, I returned with a fresh mind set. My palate was clear, and my canvas was primed to create a new beginning that was awaiting me! I began college and university studies and I involved myself in youth outreach volunteer work, as well as working directly with children and adults with complex needs. It was working in the Social services field that I met, like minded-people ,and I knew that I was following the path that was gonna lead me to what I was meant to be and do. In 1997 ​I ​enrolled in the International School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy. This intensive 3 year graduate school, had the greatest impact on my purpose. During my studies I was also receiving Expressive Arts Therapy from a psychotherapist for 3 years, I graduated and was supervising a Day Services Program, conducting Expressive ArtsTherapy, as well as becoming an entrepreneur, creating and selling my art. I am now 25 years in the making, of always recreating a more meaningful and rewarding life for myself and people who I learn from and teach.

What ultimately keeps resurfacing in my growth and what I have witnessed in others, is that learning to love yourself is crucial in understanding and accepting yourself in the process of life. I’m always finding ways to stay focussed on doing what I feel I have been ordained to do, in life, and not to stray away from it, I love what I do and do what I love. ​ ​By loving and forgiving yourself and others for any misgivings and flaws, you are setting yourself free, and learning to F.L.Y. (First love yourself). It’s as simple as that, yet it is something that requires some nurturing.
Using Expressive Arts Therapy and finding ways to first love yourself, will open you up to the treasures of personal growth/ a sense of well being, and endless possibilities to create.

Joy/celebration and acceptance, through the arts and throughout life. My pledge to you is that I will take the time to be present, in the moment, through your art process, and will strive to offer uniquely rich and varied experiences.

Warm regards,

Lucy R. Grundy

The Learning to F.L.Y Difference

Our Values

What makes us real

Our goal is in helping to create and foster positive and infinite change within the individual(s) that we support and to be present in the experiences, celebrating each soul while engaging in different art forms.

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Our Values

What makes us real

Our goal is in helping to create and foster positive and infinite change within the individual(s) that we support and to be present in the experiences, celebrating each soul while engaging in different art forms.

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Well-Structured Classes

Mindfully created for specialized groups

We conduct our classes through in-depth ADBT (Adaptive Dialectical Behaviour Training), Mindfulness training/rapport building, and team work.

Community Involvement

Group and individual Expressive Arts sessions, can take place in your community.

Art in the Park”. “Outdoor yoga, and mindfulness classes” Local retreats can be designed to give groups and individuals more exposure to explore working with the felt senses in nature. Group sessions can take place by the lake. Sessions may take place partly outdoors and in a facility, as scheduled. In the past, sessions participants have submitted art in contests, at local fairs.

community-involvement
community-involvement

Community Involvement

Group and individual Expressive Arts sessions, can take place in your community.

Art in the Park”. “Outdoor yoga, and mindfulness classes” Local retreats can be designed to give groups and individuals more exposure to explore working with the felt senses in nature. Group sessions can take place by the lake. Sessions may take place partly outdoors and in a facility, as scheduled. In the past, sessions participants have submitted art in contests, at local fairs.

Pablo Picasso

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Pablo Picasso

John Doe

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. The purpose of life is to give it away.

John Doe

FAQ

What is Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy is a discipline of assisting and healing that uses the arts as its basis of discovery and change. Many disciplines of art form are used in group and individual art sessions.

What are the benefits?

Expressive Arts specializes in working with people who are open as well as those who are afraid of doing art or need to unblock or reconnect to art expression in their lives.

What are some goals of the therapy?

Expressive Arts is about being mindful, entering a state of relaxation and flow, and bringing balance to your life. It is more about the process of being creative, rather than the finished product. It also brings awareness of the self, relaxation, self-esteem, mindfulness, presence, connection, balance, personal growth, joy, authenticity, healing and so much more.

Do you take students with special needs?

Yes, we do.

From what age is the therapy available?

Individuals of all ages and levels of ability can take Expressive Arts Therapy.

Do you have a Parent Committee?

Yes, we do.

Please contact us for classes, workshops or for any inquiries regarding specialized sessions.

There are many opportunities to engage groups, that take place, out in the community.

Phone: 905-954-5390

Email: lucysrockinartworld@gmail.com

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