Blue Ash Tenant Spotlight: Kurtz Kurak Therapies

Kurtz Kurak Therapies is a holistic therapeutic massage and counseling practice that has been with CMC for about 20 years.  Karen Kurak is a person-centered therapist working specifically with art therapy and somatic experiencing.  Her work offers respect to individuals in a holistic manner and seeks to empower them through engaging their own natural healing ability along with creative processes.  Karen came upon her practice because she wanted to integrate the Arts with body and mind, essentially connecting the Arts and Therapy.

Art Therapy and Somatic Experiencing

Art therapy uses the creative process therapeutically and strategically to help individuals that have experienced illness, trauma, or living challenges.  It combines traditional therapeutic ideas with the understanding of how creative expression has psychological effects.  Whether you are talented or not, expressing one’s self artistically can help with resolving issue or aiding in personal development.  With art therapy people can:

♦ Cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences

♦ Increase awareness of self and others

♦ Improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being

♦ Enhance cognitive abilities

♦ Improve self-esteem

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is an alternative therapy that focuses on an individual’s body sensations.  SE has many benefits such as relief of traumatic stress symptoms, increased resiliency and resourcefulness.  Other ways SE can help are:

♦ Employs awareness of body sensation to help people “renegotiate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma

♦ Gives guidance of the bodily “felt sense” and allows the highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged

♦“Titrates” experiences rather than evoking catharsis

Karen loves that her practice makes a difference for people and gives support to them when they are stuck while their body is trying to heal. Karen also brings her own person experience as an artist to her practice to help others working with their own creative process.  Karen believes that the body always moves toward homeostasis.

Through self-awareness, better balance can be achieved.