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Our Team of Specialists

Welcome to Open Avenue, where creativity meets compassion in the journey towards healing and recovery. As a dedicated team of professionals, we specialize in the transformative power of art-based therapies and comprehensive substance abuse counseling. Our approach is rooted in the belief that artistic expression can unlock emotional barriers and provide a unique pathway to personal growth and healing.

We understand that each individual’s journey with substance abuse is deeply personal, and our therapy sessions are tailored to honor this uniqueness. Our team, comprising licensed therapists, art therapists, and substance abuse counselors, brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to supporting each client’s journey to recovery.

Art-based therapy at our practice isn’t just a tool; it’s a way of understanding and communicating when words are not enough. It offers our clients a creative outlet to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, fostering self-awareness and resilience. In parallel, our substance abuse counseling provides a supportive and non-judgmental space for clients to confront and overcome the challenges of addiction.

Together, we create a nurturing environment that encourages exploration, growth, and sustainable recovery. We believe in building a community where everyone feels seen, heard, and empowered to rewrite their story. Our mission is to guide you through a healing process that integrates the mind, body, and spirit, using the power of creativity and the resilience of the human spirit.

Join us at Open Avenue, where healing is an art, and your journey is our priority.

Our Creative and Artistic Methods

At Open Avenue, we believe in the transformative power of the arts in healing and recovery. Our unique approach incorporates a wide range of creative and artistic methods, including music, dance, painting, and improv exercises, designed to short-circuit rigid patterns of addiction and open new pathways of understanding and feeling.

Music Therapy: Music has the power to reach deep into the soul, evoking emotions and memories that might otherwise remain hidden. Our music therapy sessions offer clients a chance to explore these feelings, whether through listening, playing, or composing, helping them to connect with themselves and their journey in a profound way.

Dance/Movement Therapy: Dance and movement therapy is an exhilarating way for clients to express themselves beyond words. It’s not just about the physical movement; it’s about the emotional release and awareness that comes with it. Through dance, our clients can explore their emotions, release stress, and connect with their bodies in a healthy, affirming way.

Painting and Visual Arts: Visual arts, especially painting, allow for a tangible expression of the inner self. Clients can externalize feelings, grapple with their experiences, and visualize their recovery journey in a safe, nurturing environment. This method can be particularly effective for those who find it difficult to articulate their thoughts and emotions verbally.

Improv Exercises: Improv exercises offer a unique way for clients to engage with their thoughts and emotions in the moment. These exercises encourage spontaneity, flexibility, and creative thinking – skills that are crucial in breaking the cycle of addiction. By engaging in improv, clients learn to navigate uncertainty, develop better communication skills, and foster a sense of community and support with others.

Through these diverse artistic methods, we aim to help our clients see and feel their memories, future goals, and relationships from fresh and new angles. This multifaceted approach not only aids in breaking the cycle of addiction but also fosters a deeper understanding of oneself and strengthens the resolve to embrace a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Expanding Beyond Individuals: Couples and Group Therapy

At Open Avenue, our innovative approach extends beyond individual therapy. We recognize the power of shared experiences in healing, which is why we also offer specialized sessions in couples therapy and group therapy, utilizing our creative and artistic methods.

Couples Therapy: In our couples therapy sessions, we use artistic modalities like music, dance, and painting as tools to bridge communication gaps, deepen emotional connections, and foster understanding. These activities allow couples to express themselves beyond words, helping them to discover new aspects of their relationship and each other. 

Whether it’s co-creating a piece of art or moving together in a dance session, these shared experiences can strengthen bonds, improve empathy, and rejuvenate the relationship.

Group Therapy: Our group therapy sessions provide a unique platform for collective healing and growth. Here, activities like improv exercises and group painting projects not only foster a sense of community and belonging but also encourage individuals to learn from and support each other’s journeys. In this safe and collaborative environment, clients can share their experiences, challenges, and triumphs, gaining different perspectives and strengthening their social support networks.

Each of these settings offers a distinct experience of healing and growth. Whether it’s a couple seeking to rebuild their connection or individuals sharing their journey in a group setting, our artistic methods facilitate a deeper exploration of emotions, relationships, and the self. We believe in the power of these shared artistic experiences to create lasting change and nurture a supportive community, integral to the journey of recovery and personal growth.