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hannah ligon, owner,
master's level board-certified art therapist (ATR-bc)
Greetings! I'm Hannah. I graduated with my master's degree in art therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2018 and have been living and working in Chattanooga ever since.
I am trauma-informed, and have found that art therapy is a very healing agent for people living with PTSD/trauma. I am hoping to gain more experience helping people heal from and thrive with their trauma.
My approach can be tailored to your specific needs, but I will always help you feel heard and supported. I enjoy using stretching, breathwork, and mindfulness during session. We will find ways to use art in session that will best suit your needs, and some days we won't use art at all if we don't need to!
My current specialties are ages 13+ - people living with anxiety, depression, trauma / PTSD / dissociation, addiction, borderline personality, and bipolar.
I am open to working with a variety of people, but I want to be transparent about where my experience is.
Art therapy is a master's level (or higher) mental health profession. Art therapy can be defined in many different ways, but the simplest way to think of it is as going to a mental health therapist that uses art materials as tools in session. Art in session can be used to alleviate stress/anxiety during session, or learn techniques that can be used as coping skills outside of session. Art therapy's most powerful tool can be making the unknown known and expressing things that are difficult to verbalize. This especially benefits people that have difficulty verbalizing their experiences.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our rational/logical/critical minds that we lose touch with our emotions, our felt senses, and sometimes even our bodies. Art therapists are trained in how to open those connections within ourselves again.
An ideal art therapy client is someone that is open to trying new things and healing in an unexpectedly enjoyable way.
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