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Healing through Creativity: Expressive Arts & IFS with Julie Collura

Healing through Creativity: Expressive Arts & IFS with Julie Collura

Jan 17, 2023

Unlock your full potential with Julie Collura, a licensed clinical social worker and expressive arts practitioner who believes everyone is innately creative.

"Expressive Arts is intermodal - giving us more tools to work with and offering folks more ways of expressing, other than just talking, as a tool for healing and a tool for expression." - Julie Collura

Julie Collura is a licensed clinical social worker, therapist, musician, and expressive arts practitioner. She believes in using creativity as a tool for healing and uses a multi-arts or intermodal approach in her work.

Julie believes in the power of creativity to heal and change. She holds a license in Oregon and Louisiana and has worked with survivors of violent crimes and domestic and sexual violence. Julie believes that everyone can benefit from her approach, regardless of experience in the arts. In her work, she uses techniques from Internal Family Systems Therapy to help clients get to know their inner systems and work with their parts. She has learned to be patient and brave in her new private practice, and to network and make human connections to build her practice.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

  1. What are Expressive Arts, and what are the differences between it and art therapy?
  2. How can Internal Family Systems Therapy and Expressive Arts be integrated in therapy sessions?
  3. What was Julie Collura's journey to becoming a therapist, and what has she learned from starting her own private practice?

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About Julie Collura

Julie Collura is a social worker, therapist, musician, and expressive arts practitioner. She believes everyone is innately creative, and each person has within them what they need to heal and change. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Oregon and Louisiana, and am working toward registration as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).

In addition to her private practice, Julie supports survivors of violent crimes through the Louisiana Victim Outreach Program (LAVO). Previously, she provided therapeutic counseling to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Julie also worked as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, providing in-person and crisis line support, as well as medical and legal advocacy. In addition, she volunteered extensively throughout the U.S. and East Africa, teaching English as a Second Language to adults and children, and facilitating groups for women and girls.

Julie uses a multi-arts, or intermodal, approach in individual and group therapy and facilitating. This means I use visual art, music, movement, writing, and mindfulness as therapeutic tools to initiate healing and change. Since this work is based on the creative process and not the resulting product, no background or training in the arts is required to benefit.

Julie has a Master of Social Work from the Tulane University School of Social Work, a Master of Music from the University of South Florida, and a Certificate in Intermodal Expressive Arts from Expressive Arts Florida Institute. She is Level 1 trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Level 1 trained in movement-based expressive arts therapy through the Tamalpa Institute. Julie is a classically trained clarinetist and a jazz vocalist. Before transitioning into a career in social work, she spent fifteen years as an orchestra librarian. Julie integrates my background and experience in the arts with my social work training to compassionately facilitate individual and collective healing and change.

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About Kendall Hagensen

Kendall is a Somatic Mental Health Therapist, Multidisciplinary Clinic Owner and Business Coach. She specializes in, and is passionate about, working with healthcare professionals to create the businesses of their dreams. Big goals always have a psychological component beneath the surface, so Kendall uses her background in Somatic Psychotherapy and EMDR Therapy mixed with Business Coaching tools to help clients develop a healthy relationship with their business and their strength as a leader. 

As someone who lives with a chronic illness herself, Kendall feels that health happens best within community, which is why she takes a holistic, integrative, and collaborative wellness approach to her personal and professional life.

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