An Expressive Arts Therapy Workshop Series for Trans Community Members
A series of expressive arts therapy workshops designed and facilitated by and for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming community members.
Each workshop will explore a central theme, such as care, safety, community, identity, and love. During each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated group dialogues or interactive drama therapy activities related to the central theme. Group discussion and expression will be followed by unstructured time for creation (art, writing, music, etc.) in response to a prompt related to the week’s theme.
After time for individual creation, there will be space for group members to witness one another’s creative work, and process the creative experience as a group.
The series will consist of monthly standalone workshops—you are welcome to register for just one workshop or attend each workshop. Workshops are open to folks 18 and over who identify as trans, non-binary, or gender non-conforming.
Materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring materials or supplies from home as well.
Meet River Chew (They/them)
Therapist Facilitating "Transforming Creativity"
River Chew, MSW, LMSW, REAT-IT is a nonbinary, queer poet, artist, therapist, and group facilitator. They have been working in the mental health field as a volunteer since 2013, and as a professional since 2019. They have experience facilitating support groups for queer and trans folks, and facilitating educational groups on topics related to LGBTQ+ identity, consent, and healthy relationships. They have worked as a crisis counselor, survivor advocate, and therapist. River is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Expressive Arts Therapist. They are especially passionate about working with folks impacted by trauma and eating disorders, and folks who struggle with body-image concerns. They are committed to working against oppression and injustice, and do their best to incorporate intersectional, size-inclusive, HAES, body liberation-focused, and trauma-informed perspectives into their work with clients and community members. For more information about their therapeutic approach and perspectives, check out their website at www.anewvoice.net or their instagram, @a_new_voice_therapy.