What is Finding Balance?

Finding Balance is a series of weekly, DBT-inspired group art therapy sessions for teens and adults. Co-facilitated by Cassie Hamrick, MAAT and Anole Halper, MSW, MPH, these groups will utilize art therapy techniques to explore DBT concepts and skills.

What is DBT?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is an approach to therapy that teaches participants to both accept and change their emotions, finding balance between extremes. DBT includes mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation. It has been demonstrated to be effective for people who sometimes struggle with accepting and regulating their emotions (which, truthfully, in many of us).

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a field of mental health that uses art as a means of healing and transformation. Art therapists engage the process of art-making to assist individuals, groups, and communities in expanding their emotional, mental, physical, and social health and well-being.

Art therapy is designed to benefit people of all creative skill levels. In other words, you do not need to identify as an "artist" to participate in or benefit from art therapy!

Who can attend?

Finding Balance offers a safe, neurodiverse, and accepting space for LGBTQIA+ identified individuals to explore DBT principles through art and creativity. Please note: you do not have to be an "artist" to join! Art therapy is designed to be accessible for people of all creative skill levels.

We host two weekly groups:

  • Adult Group (age 18+) Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
  • Teen Group (age 14-18) Thursdays, 5:30-7pm

What is the cost to join?

We designed our fees based on the principle that everyone should have access to therapy!

Our sliding scale generally runs from $20-$80 per session.

However, if the lower end of this scale is not feasible for you, please contact us, and we will work with you so that you can attend the group. Conversely, if you pay near the upper end of this scale, know that your funds are allowing other community members to access services. This is one way we encourage our community to support each other to meet their needs.

We are able to accept payment in the following forms: Cash, Check, Money order, and Health Savings Account (HSA) Card.

Where do the groups take place?

Groups are hosted at Radical Healing, 2009 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707. The Group Room is located on the 2nd floor of the building, and is accessible only by stairs. Single-stall, all-gender/agender restrooms are available on both floors of the building.

If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us, and we will attempt to accommodate your needs by meeting in an accessible space.

How can I enroll?

Fill out our online form (by clicking the button below) to schedule an intake appointment:

I have more questions...

Super! Feel free to contact us (Anole and Cassie, the group facilitators) and we will be happy to answer questions. You can reach us via email at dbt.art.therapy@gmail.com, or phone at (984) 244-0786.

 
Anole Halper, MSW, MPH received their graduate degrees in Social Work and Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. Their background is in community organizing around issues of human rights and social justice. Anole's professional passions are youth empowerment, health equity (particularly for LGBTQ communities), and ending trauma and violence. Some previous projects include creating a trauma-informed care training for health providers, contributing to an LGBTQ youth healthy relationship curriculum, and promoting mental health crisis-planning.

Anole Halper, MSW, MPH received their graduate degrees in Social Work and Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. Their background is in community organizing around issues of human rights and social justice. Anole's professional passions are youth empowerment, health equity (particularly for LGBTQ communities), and ending trauma and violence. Some previous projects include creating a trauma-informed care training for health providers, contributing to an LGBTQ youth healthy relationship curriculum, and promoting mental health crisis-planning.

Cassie Hamrick, MAAT is a social justice oriented, trauma-informed art therapist currently in practice at Radical Healing in Durham, NC. Cassie offers individual and group art therapy for children, teens and adults, and has special interests in advocacy for LGBTQIA+ individuals, survivors of violence and youth & adults with histories of complex trauma. They also facilitate art therapy groups in the Durham community at Veritas Collaborative and the Recovery Community of Durham. Cassie currently serves as Co-Chairperson for the Social Justice Special Interest Group of the American Art Therapy Association, Technology Chairperson for the North Carolina Art Therapy Association, member of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Substance Use / Mental Health Committee & Suicide Prevention Subcommittee, and member of Art Asylum (a community mental health advocacy project sponsored by the Durham Artists Movement).

Cassie Hamrick, MAAT is a social justice oriented, trauma-informed art therapist currently in practice at Radical Healing in Durham, NC. Cassie offers individual and group art therapy for children, teens and adults, and has special interests in advocacy for LGBTQIA+ individuals, survivors of violence and youth & adults with histories of complex trauma. They also facilitate art therapy groups in the Durham community at Veritas Collaborative and the Recovery Community of Durham. Cassie currently serves as Co-Chairperson for the Social Justice Special Interest Group of the American Art Therapy Association, Technology Chairperson for the North Carolina Art Therapy Association, member of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Substance Use / Mental Health Committee & Suicide Prevention Subcommittee, and member of Art Asylum (a community mental health advocacy project sponsored by the Durham Artists Movement).