Healing Through Creative Expression

Chetna Mehta, a recent graduate of the Wright Institute’s Master’s in Counseling Psychology program, has combined her passions for art and psychology to devise a personalized style of healing.

“I call myself a mystic because I am very spiritual in my approach to mental health,” Chetna explained. “I am a mixed-media artist, so I founded a brand that incorporates affirmations, spiritual study and evidence-based psychological techniques to create spaces for creative and community-oriented healing.”

While attending the Wright Institute, Chetna started crafting affirmations for herself to help manage the stress of graduate school. “I would draw visual affirmations telling myself what I wanted to hear, and as I started to share these art pieces I learned that they resonated for a lot of people,” Chetna said, adding that she started a small product line of cards with these visual affirmations.

After seeing her work, many people approached Chetna expressing interest in creating similar affirmations in a connected and interactive way. With the group counseling experience she garnered at the Wright Institute, Chetna started devising workshops on topics such as beauty and shame.

Chetna has launched three workshops in November and December: Crafting a Sensory Sacred Box; Exploring Our Beauty with Sound Healing & Ecological Ceremony; and Cultivating Creative Flow.

“One verbal affirmation that resonates with me is, ‘I hold myself however I am,’” she said. “I now have upwards of 40 designs and affirmations on themes such as interconnectedness, community, self-realization and self-actualization, shadows, and others.” She hopes to make her practice and workshops as universally accessible and affordable as possible.

Chetna entered the Wright Institute with a Jungian perspective and leaning toward attachment theory. She now recognizes her brand, Mosaiceye Unfolding, is a combination of her own personal wellness practice with her theoretical education in psychology.

“Talk therapy is immensely powerful, but it certainly has its limitations,” Chetna said. “I think there are so many other modalities of healing that incorporate the body and movement and creative expression in languages beyond talk. I try to integrate all of these non-verbal facets of healing into my workshops and practice.”

Chetna hopes her practice will serve predominantly women in adolescence through their 20s. “Externalizing feelings we want to have in our bodies and in ourselves in a piece of art is very healing for people, especially in this population,” she said. “The emotion I pour into the expression seems to really unlock something within people that more traditional modalities haven’t.”

As is often the case in psychology, Chetna believes her most powerful interventions come from personal experience.

“I think my work resonates with other people because when I draw these affirmations I am often in a place of pain, and I think, ‘I am feeling this way—what can I tell myself right now? What do I want to hear?’” she said. “And I often find that the ones that were the toughest for me to create are the ones that have the greatest impact on other people.”

Learn more about Chetna’s practice and work here. Learn more about her upcoming workshops here.

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