Jeni Emerizy

Facilitator since April 19, 2013

Jeni Emerizy
Boise, Idaho (United States)

Biography

I worked as an oncology social worker in Boise, Idaho from 2001 to 2016. Working in this role early on in my undergraduate years I had the good fortune of being trained and supervised in my clinical work by an Art Therapist. This allowed me to participate in different expressive art modalities in the clinical realm. I use art in my own life as a healing and intuitive practice and would bring these experiences to help oncology patients with diagnosis, coping with treatment as well as applying it to each individual path patients and their families move through after treatment. I then went on to work as the Bereavement Coordinator at St Luke's Hospice from 2016 to early 2019. I provided grief counseling and resources to families, and managed the grief program through St Luke's Hospice. I also completed a webinar training by a fellow SoulCollage® facilitator for SoulCollage® specific to grief counseling.

I am currently in private counseling practice, using SoulCollage® modalities to help with those experiencing grief, terminal illness, chronic disease symptoms, depression, anxiety, and other experiences that may be a challenge in a client's life. 

Description of SoulCollage® work

I have been pulling images from magazines and photographs and creating collages from these since my early adolescent years. I have strong memories of old “Seventeen Magazine” advertisements separated and arranged to decorate my bedroom walls. One year when a particularly hard time hit my family, without thought I took every photograph I had of our loved one and made a collage on the bathroom wall. When I started training many years ago under the Art Therapist at the oncology clinic where I worked, I was most drawn to collage work. I didn’t know that around the same time, somewhere in California Seena would be developing SoulCollage®!

In 2009 I took a one-day workshop from Jenise English, LCSW who is has her private practice in Boise, Idaho and is a SoulCollage® Facilitator. It seemed like a dream to sit in that training among other professionals who longed to use art and images in their path of brining light and healing to their clients as well as to themselves. I was able to take the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training in Portland under Suzie Wolfer, LCSW in 2013. 

In therapy, I recognize that SoulCollage® may not be for everyone. I am proud to offer this modality to clients who are interested in exploring alternative ways of healing and are open to unlocking their own inherant creativity and inner wisdom. I have seen first hand the power of SoulCollage® in my own life and those I love around me who have experienced grief, loss, addiction, divorce, body image issues, anxiety, depression, professional burnout and vicarious trauma....the list goes on. It is a wonderful tool for all ages and I have seen children and teens (including my own) all the way up to someone in their late 80s experience the positive impact SoulCollage® can bring to their lives. I haven't found a place where SoulCollage® might not be appropriate or benefit someone yet. It is a very special tool, and I am so honored to be able to teach it to others.