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Embracing Autism: The Therapeutic Power of Art with Jackie Schuld

In the latest episode of "Kindred Conversations" with Aubrey Baptista, we have the unique opportunity to hear from Jackie Schuld, an art therapist with autism and ADHD. Jackie has navigated her private practice journey with resilience and courage, inspiring many along the way. Her story is a testament to perseverance and the transformative power of therapy. She shares how she discovered her autistic identity while guiding others through their repressed emotions and how this has shaped her therapeutic approach.

One of the key discussions of the episode revolves around Jackie's transition into private practice. During her internships, she was able to envision what private practice might look like and realized she could manage it on her own. The initial pay rate offered to her was low, but this didn't deter her. Instead, she was motivated to establish her own practice, focusing on late-identified autism. She shares how her journey has been both short and long at the same time, highlighting the flexibility and adaptability required in private practice.

The episode also delves into the power of art therapy and how it can influence our understanding of ourselves and the world. Jackie has translated her experiences and insights into her books 'Grief is a Mess' and 'Making it Through Chemotherapy.' She discusses the distinct messages each book carries and her creative processes. These books reflect her personal experiences and provide a window into her therapeutic world. They also emphasize the grounding and present-moment awareness that art therapy can offer.

Jackie's story is not just about her journey as an art therapist but also her personal journey of self-discovery. She talks about how she discovered her own autistic identity and how this has shaped her approach to therapy. She explains how signs pointed towards this discovery and how it took place about three years ago. This self-discovery has played a significant role in shaping her private practice and her approach to art therapy.

Throughout the episode, Jackie underscores the importance of maintaining a balance between her professional commitments and personal needs. She believes in centering herself and ensuring that her work aligns with her energetic needs. She emphasizes that her work schedule is designed around her life, not the other way around.

Overall, this episode provides a profound exploration of the intersection of art therapy and autism. It's a testament to the transformative power of therapy and the resilience of individuals like Jackie who navigate their unique paths. It encourages listeners to appreciate the unsung heroes among us and reminds us of the therapeutic power of art. Tune in to the episode to hear Jackie's story of resilience, self-discovery, and the transformative power of therapy. 

Download the first part of the conversation HERE.

Download the second part of the conversation HERE.

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