Memorial Art Therapist
& Behavioral Health Clinician
Judith Viers is currently a therapist/ Behavioral Health Clinician practicing in Maryland, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if interested. There are many therapeutic approaches.
Comfort areas of ages 5+:
Suicidal ideation, depression, low self-esteem, hopelessness, anxiety
Strengthening social skills
Domestic Violence (defendant/ survivor of abuse)
Area that I am not taking clients: dealing with custody disputes, and I do not have specialized certificates in addiction as primary problem and not specialized training on how to help perpetrators of domestic violence.
Types of Clinical Treatment- each client helps create their own service plan so can utilize below treatment methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Narrative Therapy- can be in listening to client's story verbally or in client writing, dictating for therapist to write, or in artwork (doing timeline, collage, even abstract art that client can use to discuss feelings)
Art Therapy (for all above areas: healing loss to strengthening self-esteem)
Psychoeducation (authored many books that are appropriate for different ages and topics)
Former Foster Parent PRIDE trainer (certified) (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education)
Individual, Family, Groups
I use the Scientific Method as a template to use and able to utilize many therapeutic methods and wellness tools. I can also do individual and family workshops and memorial art in therapy. I can do memorial books as well. This page I hope can be used by anyone interested in living their best life possible, keep scrolling:-)
On YouTube. About Judith Viers
Memorial Art Therapy takes place in Maryland and each client will decide their projects and timeframe. There are many stages to loss and grieving and art can help along the way. Options can include creating personalized projects: a celebration of life book, ornament, button, keychain, bookmark, cards, shadow box, painted and sealed rock, and even video.
What You Should Know
Confidentiality Rules- we practice confidentiality completely outside our agency unless an informed consent signed by you to assist another provider to treat you; with the exception of 2 rules.
Therapists are mandated reporters for Child Physical & Sexual Abuse. If you give me identifying information, I will have to make a CPS report.
I need you alive to help you. I need to make sure you are safe to leave the office. If you are in imminent danger to yourself or others, we have to break the confidentiality rule by contacting an agency that can help all stay safe.
*If I see you in public, I will act like I don’t know you. If we happen to know the same people, they will never know you are my client unless you tell them.
Layout of the Program for Ongoing Maryland Clients
Individual sessions can range from 30- 50 minutes. I prefer 50 minutes but if only available for lunch break, we can still meet.
1st & 2nd Session focus on the initial assessment, background research, collecting the required information that helps in the treatment.
The 2nd and 3rd session focus on creating your Service Plan: discovering your goals and discuss potential interventions to assist in empowering you to reach them.
The following sessions are personalized to you.
I can also see Springboard clients on a different day than their normal therapy or psychiatry session(s) to do Memorial Art Therapy, which can be used to supplement regular treatment. I can help local clients adjust to their life after the loss of their loved one (s) and includes ongoing therapy sessions to help on your healing journey.
Layout of the Memorial Art Program for One Week Designed for Out-of- State Clients
This is for clients who may be in regular grief therapy and/or are struggling with loss where it is having a negative impact on their life. The clients may be recommended to come to treatment for a week. You can make a vacation out of the trip and have daily morning sessions so days can be filled with local adventures. Ideally this is a supplement on your healing journey and ongoing support you have in your own community.
The intake will be unique with prospective client and therapist communicating prior to session on creating the service plan (projects) and gathering information to complete the initial assessment via email. Clinician needs one client in the family to proceed and can do individual and/ or family (those who client states are family and friends are fine).
Projects may include: a Celebration of Life book, painting a rock to keep, creating cards, bookmarks, ornaments, buttons, designing a t-shirt, and other ideas can be used as well. Clinician hopes to book months in advance and can help with fun things to do if making a trip. Clinician can only practice in Maryland, but people from any state who have Medical Assistance, BlueCross BlueShield, and can check on other insurances.
Day trip potential: In Carroll County: Things to Do - Carroll County Tourism | Carroll County, Maryland
Beyond Carroll County: Official Tourism Site of Washington DC | Washington DC Baltimore Inner Harbor Visitor Center | Visit Baltimore The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Home - Catoctin Wildlife Preserve | Thurmont, MD – Get close, in unexpected ways! Cunningham Falls State Park (maryland.gov) Swimming, Boating and Fishing (maryland.gov) Things to Do in Frederick, MD | Activities & Attractions (visitfrederick.org) Things To Do Around Gettysburg in Adams County, PA (destinationgettysburg.com)
Places to stay: Best Western Westminster Catering & Conf Ctr | Hotel Rooms Days Inn by Wyndham Westminster in Westminster, MD - ReservationCounter.com Within 30-minute drive to the office: Historic Hotel Located in Taneytown, Maryland | Antrim 1844 Willet Family Farm - Hipcamp in Westminster, Maryland
Interested in Services
If you are seeking services and interested in having me, Judith Viers, as your therapist, I currently accept:
+Medical Assistance, +United Health Care, +BlueCross Blue Shield
Contact: Springboard in Carroll County, MD. You can live out of state, if willing to drive to the office.
Carroll County Office 7 Schoolhouse Avenue Westminster, MD 21157 410-876-1233 www.springboardmd.org/carroll-county
Clinician’s Model' Using Scientic Method
I see therapy as following the well-known Scientific Method.
Where do you want to be in your life? How do you want to feel?
What’s problems are hindering you from achieving the first question?
Research: Assessment & Brainstorming on best practices (list and links will be added on here for potential wellness tools etc.)
What Hypothesis: What can you and I do to help treat the “problem” to help you reach your life goals?
Experiment. Let’s create a plan together. Let’s test our hypothesis. Try new things.
Analyze. Let’s keep seeing if the plan is working, continual feedback. We continually analyze and see if our plan is working, make needed adjustments to the plan/ treatment. At times assessments may be used to track progress.
Report. By 6 months we see if our Service Plan needs to be adjusted. We may need to
A. Create a different treatment plan if goals not reached. Many may have to try many different methods, tools, to find the ones that work.
B. Conclusion. You may have the tools and insights to reduce services or stop them. Create a wellness plan before terminating services to maintain wellness and help prevent relapse of negative feelings, thoughts, or behaviors and a plan includes positive to steps to take in one's journey.
Clinician Outlook on Life/ Potential Bias
Every Clinician has their own outlook on life and their personal bias and mine is I believe each person matters and is important. I embrace Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Blueprint. "I want to suggest some of the things that should begin your life’s blueprint.
#1 Number one in your life’s blueprint, should be a deep belief in your own dignity, your worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you’re nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.
#2 Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Set out to do it well."
*I share my story publicly, on stage, in articles, books, but in therapy it is 100% about client. I believe in recovery, peace after the storms of suicidal thoughts, because it is possible and know it on a personal level. I hope my belief in you is felt in therapy. I set out to help my clients and humanity to the best of my abilities.
Brainstorming on Ways to Get and Feel Well
Below is an incomplete list of different forms of therapy and wellness tools. It started during my Mental Health First Aid Course via asking a question and taking notes from the rest of the class. Including this list here is because you should ALWAYS have HOPE and keep going!!! Many have heard that they may need to try a couple medications to get one that works, similarly there are many wellness tools and therapeutic methods where one may help, and one may not. Patience and perseverance are the key to recovery.
•Check for medical/ biological causes (Vitamin deficiencies, etc) to rule out underlying cause.
•Trauma Informed Care
Great website for ideas, videos, and more Therapy worksheets, tools, and handouts | Therapist Aid
•Narrative Therapy/ journaling- You can daily write down the positive steps you take, food you eat, track anxiety/ wellness tools. Work with a therapist on those negative thoughts and steps to take to help prevent.
This can also be allowing you to simply talk without interrupting. There can be a time for a therapist to listen. There can be a time to teach psychoeducational information and utilize CBT or use Motivational Interviewing/ Socratic Questioning. The can be time for reflection, learning, even homework. Each person is unique but listening to listen not to respond is an art that is not appreciated or used by all therapists, but I embrace. There can be time for silence to provide time to process information and not give your automatic response. People are often in therapy to heal and healing may take work, silence, processing, thinking, learning more information.
•Storytelling- some therapists when a client is stating they are lacking hope can share stories of other people, often famous who have been in their shoes. This is not for everyone, but is a great tool to have knowledge and use as clinically appropriate.
•Laughing for some people can boost mental wellness, boost mood instantly, stop racing thoughts. This may not help all, but for some a wellness tool used daily. (Don't try while eating to prevent choking).
Some say (43) Ev'rybody Has A Laughing Place (Sing Along Songs) - YouTube https://youtu.be/BvAGNSJ7Wrc
"Our children carry around emotional backpacks that they will eventually unload." Laughter article. Laughter helps everyone during stressful times! 105 Ways to Make Your Kids Laugh: Laughter Is The Best Medicine ~ Thisnthatparenting
(43) Laughter Yoga with School Children - YouTube
Top 3 suggestions from my best friend: El Risitas - Funniest Laugh Ever!! - video Dailymotion (42) James Gregory: Funniest Man in America - YouTube (42) Jerry Clower - A Coon Huntin Story - YouTube
Cute family animal videos: (43) Worlds funniest talking parrot - YouTube (43) Talking Parrot Will Leave You Speechless - YouTube (43) Kitten sleeps sweetly with the Chicken 🐥 - YouTube (43) It's TIME for SUPER LAUGH! - Best FUNNY CAT videos - YouTube People Making Funny Animal Sounds: (43) Girl makes animal sounds - YouTube (43) Animal sound Man - YouTube
•ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy)
•CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
•WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Training, FYI I'm not a trainer but have gone through training.
•Pastoral Psychology, Spirituality, Religion, God, &/ or Faith, I'm comfortable talking about client's faith, but not a Pastoral Counselor by any means
•Parts Therapy, 9 Minute Video on Parts Theory
Good resource with assessments: Defense Mechanisms Worksheets: 10 Tools for Practitioners (positivepsychology.com)
* Child's Mindfulness Videos: (1) Mindfulness Bootcamp - 21 days of Guided Mindfulness Videos for Parents and Educators - YouTube
* (1) What is MINDFULNESS and how do you do it? (Zen Den) | Cosmic Kids - YouTube almost 8 minutes
* Bucket Fillers Website Full of Great Videos for Kids (1) "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" read aloud with author Carol McCloud - YouTube <7minutes
(1) "Will You Fill My Bucket?" read aloud with author Carol McCloud - YouTube 6 minutes
(1) "Buckets, Dippers, and Lids" read aloud with author Carol McCloud - YouTube 38 minutes
*(1) Sesame Street: Stop and Think Song - YouTube 1 minute
10 Calming Techniques and Transition Strategies for Kids - The Inspired Treehouse article
(1) How to Make Good Choices: Mindfulness for Kids | Cosmic Kids (app preview) - YouTube 3 minutes
(1) Coping Skills For Kids - Managing Feelings & Emotions For Elementary-Middle School | Self-Regulation - YouTube 5 minutes (3 steps)
(1) 7-Minute Emotion Regulating Activity To Help Kids Calm Down! [with mindful breathing techniques] - YouTube
(1) Take A Breather! 4 Minute Box Breathing Activity To Calm Nerves and Ease Anxiety For Kids - YouTube
More For Kids
(1) The Boundaries Song - "That's a Boundary." - YouTube 3 minutes
Healthy Relationships and Consent, Caring and Harmful Behaviours, Mental Health Education - YouTube 3 minutes
(1) Kids Feelings and Emotions SONG Animation with A Little SPOT - YouTube 2 minutes
(1) Sesame Street: Bruno Mars: Don't Give Up - YouTube
(1) 4 Small Habits To Improve Self Esteem - YouTube 5 minutes
Christian: The Power Of Hope | Motivational Talks With Steve Harvey - YouTube 4 minutes
Yoga For Kids - The Sun Salutation - YouTube (less than 4 minutes)
Music for Children on Just Dance Kids! Bingo Song & More | Learn to Dance (Baby Kids) - YouTube (54 minutes)
The Sid Shuffle - Ice Age: Continental Drift - YouTube 3 minutes
Tabata Workout for Kids! - YouTube 5 minutes
*Mr. Rogers' Opinion: importance of silence, wonder, clips, input, "feelings mentionable and manageable" discussion (1) The Best of Mr. Rogers - YouTube
For Parents/ Older Kids:
Setting Healthy Boundaries - YouTube 3 minutes
Teaching Kids Healthy Boundaries - YouTube 5 minutes
How To Cope With Panic Attacks - YouTube 11 minutes
How To Handle A Narcissist - Dr. Phil - YouTube 10 minutes at 5minutes 30 seconds "you can never do enough to make them happy" your idenity not dependent on them
How to parent a teen from a teen’s perspective | Lucy Androski | TEDxYouth@Okoboji - YouTube 5 minutes
8 Ways to Improve Parent Child Relationship - YouTube for families 6 minutes
Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are | TED Talk 20 minutes- "powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles"
•Education/ Trainings/ Reading
•Mental Health First Aid, FYI I'm not a trainer but have gone through training.
•Marriage, Family or Group Therapy
8 Habits of Healthy Relationships - YouTube 5 minutes for couples
What type of relationship would you like to improve? (5lovelanguages.com) What are The 5 Love Languages?
•Wellness Tools/ Coping Skills 10-minute video of 25 Coping Skills
•DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
Other Options Beyond My Current Scope of Knowledge
•Apitherapy- local for Veterans/ First Responders and their families Mission Beelieve | Veterans and First Responders Program | Taneytown
•EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
•TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy
•Dynamic Neural Retraining System (DNRS)
•Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
•Reiki/ Energy Psychology
•Healing Rocks/ Crystals
•Emotional CPR (eCPR)
•Movement- 6-minute overview of "The Body Keeps the Score" (recommending additional physical activity in conjunction with therapy)
•Music or Dance Therapy
•Yoga/ Sun Salutation
•Hiking, walking, biking, roller blading, skateboarding, ice skating, Zumba, gym, aerobic classes, personal trainer, online or DVD exercises
•Aikido, sports, martial arts, jumping on a trampoline, swimming, skiing, exercise, etc.
•Light Therapy Treatment/ Sunlight
•Float tank (water)
•Nutrition or Exercise
•Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
•Al non (family of alcoholics)
•Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
•Church Small Groups
•Friends or Family Time
•Social Clubs (Lions Club, Rotary Clubs, Scouts, etc)
•Volunteering or Missionary Work