The Healing Stage offers creative services and programs to foster individual and collective healing. When we access our creativity, we access our health. When we are ready to step into the healing stage during our more challenging moments, our creativity can be the rock, the roots, and the bridge to recovery. The Healing Stage recognizes that healing cannot happen under the weight of injustice. Therefore, all of our offerings are grounded within a social justice and decolonization frameworks.
Licensed Creative Arts Therapist
Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT, holds a master’s degree in Drama Therapy (NYU), and is a registered drama therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including: schools, residential treatment facilities, domestic violence shelters, day treatment programs, and acute care. She is an adjunct professor in the Program in Drama Therapy at NYU and works in private practice with adults and adolescents.
Britton’s work extends to non-clinical settings. In this capacity, she uses creative and embodied techniques with organizations, companies, schools, and universities to help guide and facilitate discussions on: cultural humility and awareness; implementing creativity in the workday for increased employee engagement, team-building, and productivity; and self-care. She recently directed turbulence, a therapeutic theatre piece, through the Program in Drama Therapy (NYU) as part of the Theatre and Health Lab’s As Performance series. turbulence was co-created and developed by Black, People of Color (BPOC) clinicians, students, and creatives and explored BPOC experiences in clinical settings and the larger world.
Britton has published and presented on: the impact of assumptions, biases, and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities; creative and embodied approaches to clinicians’ self- assessment; and developing a relational-role theory framework and protocol. Britton is pursuing her doctoral degree in the PhD Program in Social Welfare at the Graduate Center (CUNY) where she will be a member of the inaugural Mellon Humanities Public Fellows cohort.
Williams, B. M. (2018), Unapologetically black: Seven questions and poems that explore how race performs in clinical practice, Drama Therapy Review, 42, 223–32, doi: 10.1386/dtr.4.2.223_1
Williams, B. M. (2017), Role power: Using role theory in support of ethical practice, Drama Therapy Review, 3: 1, 131–48, doi: 10.1386/dtr.3.1.131_1
Williams, B. M. (2016), Minding our own biases: Using drama therapeutic tools to identify and challenge assumptions, biases and stereotypes, Drama Therapy Review, 2: 1, 9–23, doi:10.1386/dtr.2.1.9_1
Gipson, L. Williams, B., Norris, M., (2020) Three Black Women’s Reflections on COVID-19 and Creative Arts Therapies: Then and Now. Voices, 20: 2
Landis, H., Williams, B., (2019) Creative Arts Based Approaches to Working with Adolescent Resistance. In C. Haen and N. Webb (Eds.) Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice (pp 173-187). Routeledge.
Trottier, D., Williams, B., (2019) Exploring Social Justice and Dismantling Heterosexism through Creative Arts Peer Supervision. In B. MacWilliam, D. Trottier, K. Long, B. Harris (Eds.) Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community (pp. 17-46). Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Williams, B., Trottier, D., (2019) Queering the Conversation: Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQ Microaggressions and Systems of Oppression. In B. MacWilliam, D. Trottier, K. Long, B. Harris (Eds.) Creative Arts Therapies and the LGBTQ Community (p. 47-74). Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Williams, B., The R-RAP revisited: Current conceptualizations and applications.
Sajnani, N., Williams, B., Low, M. Y, Bell, W., Dixon, S., Edwards, J., Li, S.Y, Morris, M., Rodriguez, C., Stevens, A., Meeting between the real and ideal: Participatory action research on the needs of creative arts therapists and creatives who identify as Black and People of Color.
Individual sessions: 45 minutes
Group session: 90 minutes
I do not accept insurance, however, if you receive out-of-network benefits you may be able to receive partial reimbursement. I give clients a monthly invoice that can be submitted to insurance.
Please send notification via email or voicemail at least 24 hours prior to your session if you need to cancel. There is a $75 fee for appointments not cancelled within 24 hours.
I work with leadership and management teams to support fostering an anti-oppressive and anti-racist workplace. I will work with your team to review, explore and engage the multi-contextual layers of combatting oppression.
Areas covered will span structural, environmental and relational practices, including: policies; procedures; hiring; retention; representation; cultural humility; cultural responsiveness; biases; working through cultural ruptures
I work with organizations, companies, schools and universities to help guide and facilitate discussions on: Cultural Humility and Awareness; Implementing creativity in the workday for increased employee engagement, team-building and productivity; Self-Care
This workshop will examine the impact of assumptions, biases and stereotypes on individuals, relationships, and communities (including the workplace). We will explore the ease of receiving and internalizing messages that influence the way we view the world, ourselves, and others. Participants will identify messages they have received and internalized through historical, social and cultural contexts and consider how these messages inform professional relationships, environments, and decisions. Examples will be offered for participants to explore, discuss and relate to their work responsibilities and culture. This workshop will engage participants in ways to openly discuss equity, inclusion and anti-oppression in the workplace. This workshop will help participants: Develop and/or build on shared language re: diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and anti-oppression in the workplace; Understand the impact of biases and systemic oppression in the workplace; Implement a practice of acknowledging and challenging assumptions and biases in service of fostering equitable and inclusive workplace practices and environment; Identify tools for working through blank spots and rigid beliefs will be identified; Establish action steps to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace
Creativity stokes innovation. If your team is looking to increase staff engagement, grow your reach, or expand your organization you may be interested in a creative visioning session. These workshops encourage individual and collective imagining of professional possibilities.
Understanding and recognizing trauma is important for people who work with people. Research shows that the number of people who have experienced trauma is astoundingly high. Behaviors that are often recognized/registered as disruptive, dismissive, and/or inappropriate may be symptoms of trauma. This workshop incorporates pop culture (music, film, poetry) to demonstrate the ways in which trauma manifests. This workshop will help participants: understand the definitions and prevalence of trauma; recognize trauma responses; respond to trauma responses in a manner that is rooted in care and safety; identify tools to help manage personal response(s)/triggers.
Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS), also known as Vicarious Trauma (VT), occurs when one experiences distress in response to indirect exposure to traumatic material. Indirect exposure may include witnessing, reading about, and/or listening to traumatic experience(s)/events(s). Professionals who work in fields where they are regularly exposed to traumatic material may experience STS. Left unchecked, STS may lead to compassion fatigue or burnout. It is important understand the signs and symptoms of STS/VT in order to address it. During this session we will cover: How to recognize the signs and symptoms of STS/VT; Strategies to implement at work when engaging with traumatic material; STS/VT prevention strategies; Coping tools to address symptoms of STS/VT; Supportive resources.
If you would like me to design a custom session for your organization, please submit a request through the contact page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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