Type 1 Diabetes // Art // Mental Health
Art Therapy specifically designed for people navigating the chaos and uncertainty of Type 1 Diabetes.
Located in NE Minneapolis Arts District.
Amzie Reeves will be the Community Expert for the Post-play discussion; talking about relating to Shelby in 2019.
Amzie's T1D story and what led her to create Blue Circle.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Art Therapy // Chronic Illness
Blue Circle Art Therapy was created by Amzie Reeves; a woman who has been living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for over 16 years. While combining her love of art with her passion to help others who are living with T1D she believes the quality of T1D self-management directly impacts a person's mental health and vice versa.
Type 1 diabetes is a complex physical illness with demanding requirements, which can cause psychological distress from time to time. T1D is unfortunately NOT going away anytime soon. Due to T1D's dependence on self-management you may implicitly feel solely responsible for the perceived failures as well as successes which can lead to a tremendous psychological burden.
Being diagnosed with T1 impacts all aspects of life. It can be overwhelming to have to cope with feelings of loss, guilt, fears, shame, depression, denial, anxiety, and exhaustion; right along with having to deal with the physical disease itself. Art Therapy can be used to create a sense of belonging, overcome fears, and motivate people to keep going. We keep going because we have to; but we don’t have to do it alone!
Additional benefits of Art Therapy:
Improve Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes - learn skills to focus, build discipline, & live a healthy life, while allowing room for grace when it comes to imperfections
Alleviate Symptoms of Depression - fosters positivity & provide something to look forward to
Improve Communication Skills - promotes self-expression; helps develop communication skills & the ability to reach out to others
Reduce Stress - T1D daily demands can take a toll on the mind & body; helps convert negative energy into positive habits that promote lasting healthy habits
Improve Problem-Solving Skills - encourages people to seek positive solutions to problems rather than ignoring them
Build Self-Esteem - individuals who have more confidence & social skills are more likely to develop healthy T1D habits; helps build the self-awareness & self-esteem necessary to tackle various social situations & life challenges with T1D
Provide a Positive Distraction - help people focus on the positive while keeping their minds off of things that are going “wrong”
Group // Individual // Family
GROUP ART THERAPY
Validation & Support
Because being in the same room as other T1's is magical! There are no words to describe how it feels when you meet another T1. So whether you're T1 or related to a person with T1, find a group that fits your needs or your child's needs! Let's make some art together and see what develops. Each individual within the group will have their own personal goals that correlate with the group's goals. The more we encourage others, the more we encourage ourselves.
INDIVIDUAL ART THERAPY
A Happier, Healthier You
We’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior surrounding Type 1. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you or your loved one with valuable tools to cope with T1 obstacles, whether you're the caregiver or person with T1 trying to maintain everything else in addition to your time in range. Maybe your child is struggling with their diagnosis, it is scary and feels lonely. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Art Therapy beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment or discuss options.
FAMILY ART THERAPY
Adjusting to New Roles
Feeling like T1 has taken over your entire family and free time? Unfortunately it probably has and everyone learning what their new roles are can take time. I can assist in figuring out what it means to be a caretaker AND parent, or how diabetes can affect the entire family system. My Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances and find hope for the future. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself and each other.
"Courage to be imperfect."