Lenan holds licenses in both Clinical Counseling and Art Therapy. Since 1992, she has been serving survivors of sexual trauma and individuals experiencing depression, grief, anxiety and other forms of suffering. She serves adults of any gender who are dealing with these or other issues related to identity, challenging life events or “places of stuckness,” and believes that therapy is an excellent way to increase our sense of wellness, authenticity and mindful presence in our lives.
Lenan’s work is informed by her background in archetypal psychology, and her education and experience in the field of trauma and trauma treatment. She has a strong interest in the intersection of therapeutic and mindfulness practices, and the subsequent intersection of these with imagination and creativity.
“How do we listen to what lives below, whatever name we give it?”
Lenan believes this question, posed by poet Mark Nepo, expresses the essence of therapeutic endeavor. The therapeutic relationship is unique, in part, because it allows for and encourages this kind of listening. It fosters the exploration of our experience beyond out usual thinking and naming, and allows us to make use of—but to go beyond—our intellectual insights to access the innate, resource-rich terrain of our emotion life, our sensory life and our imaginal life.
“With these resources, in a safe, supportive therapeutic setting,” she says, “difficult life passages that seem too dark and narrow to make it through can expand, become illuminated and better understood. They can become more navigable, and the process of going through them can become more meaningful and rewarding. Surprising and beneficial discoveries may be made, new competencies may be found and relief from distress can occur.”
Lenan offers a supportive, encouraging and non-judgmental approach, including highly individualized treatment planning. Clients who are interested in including art therapy in their treatment are encouraged to discuss this with her.
For more than 20 years, Lenan has also been designing and facilitating art therapy experiences in group formats. ‘Art therapy is a unique way to recover creative impulse, rekindle curiosity, confront fears and take healthy risks. Through art therapy, we come face to face with unspoken and perhaps previously unknown parts of ourselves as well as with our potential for feeling alive through depth and wonder.”
LPCC-NM Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
LPAT-NM Licensed Professional Art Therapist
ATR-BC Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist
B.A., ART, OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
M.A., ART THERAPY, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, ALBUQUERQUE, NM