Hi, I'm Jessica Viscomi, MA, LMFT. I go by my nickname, "Chiara." I'm a psychotherapist, psychology writer, and artist based in California.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
Expressive arts include everything from visual arts (such as collage or painting) to drama, movement, writing, sand tray, storytelling, and music. Studies have demonstrated that the expressive arts are a potent antidote for fatigue, pain, and stress, and that they also enhance mental functioning and help to create a greater sense of well-being.
“Somatics” refers to the study of the body, which can be viewed as not separate from the mind but rather a continuation of the mind. Our bodies are constantly communicating, whether we are speaking verbally or not. By tuning in to the body’s messages in a contained and collaborative environment, we can become more connected to the heart of the matter, unblock stuck places, learn more about ourselves, and experience more freedom, creativity, spontaneity, power, and lightness.
Do you feel like you’re in a rut? Or at a crossroads? Have you tried traditional talk therapy and feel a yearning for something that’s, well, more soulful? According to the C.G. Jung Center (of Evanston, IL) website, "depth psychology refers to approaches...that are open to the exploration of the subtle, unconscious, and transpersonal aspects of the human experience. A depth approach may...explore the unconscious and involve the study and exploration of dreams, complexes, and archetypes."