Tanya Ruckstuhl Valenti, LICSW

About Susie Wind LMHC, Art Therapist

To contact Susie, please call: 206 465-5045.

Susie has Saturday hours available.

Interview for Susie Wind

I’m pleased to announce that my practice is busting at the seams and so I have hired my dear friend Susie Wind to work with clients who need Saturday appointments. Susie and I worked together thirteen years ago (!!!) in community mental health and I was tickled pink when one of my clients recently announced to me that when she had received therapy services at Community Psychiatric Clinic she had worked with one therapist who was “Excellent” and that was…Susie Wind!

So to announce and introduce her I thought I’d do a little bitty interview:

Susie, you are an artist as well as a mental health professional. Can you talk about the ways creativity and mental health complement each other?

For me, being able to push paint around on a canvas with a brush is soothing and exciting at the same time. I need a regular schedule of painting time to feel my best. On those days when I simply don’t have the time to putter in my studio, or when I don’t feel particularly inspired I can get the positive benefits of creativity by enjoying someone else’s creation. We’ve all had the experience of reading a beautiful poem that can soothe the soul—even for just a few moments. Listening to a favorite song is a good way to feel energized and watching a good movie can ease the feelings of loneliness for a short time. Every time we experience someone else’s art, or allow ourselves some creative expression, we give voice to our inner experiences, and that alone can strengthen our mental health and we take one more step toward becoming our best selves.

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