CREATIVE SELF-CARE and THERAPEUTIC ART JOURNALING are integrative approaches to one’s wellness. Expressive writing, music, dance, and visual arts reflect self-expression resulting in productive alone time and personal growth. These are not diagnostic tools or replacements for counseling, therapy, medical, or other holistic approaches – but a supplement to enhancing one’s health, self-awareness, and quality of life.
To facilitate creative self-care and therapeutic art journaling that spark self-exploration, self-expression, and self-forgiveness.
To create a world where everyone can live as their authentic selves with no shame.
We believe everyone, regardless of their situation or past, is worthy of support, encouragement, and a lifeline to therapeutic living.
Hi, my name is Hols and I’ll be your creative self-care coach. I’m a writer, mental health advocate, playlist enthusiast, art journal junkie, and the founder of Offbeat Expressions (birthed from my 2014 blog Operation No Shame). I post art, music, and writing prompts for your art journal based on nursing, psychology, and medical research to enhance wellness.
I am a recent Duke University graduate and my research focus is creative art interventions across the lifespan within the nurse’s scope of practice. With a B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, my background includes advocating and case management for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors as well as newspaper publishing.
Offbeat Expressions is not an art therapy program. We do not guide, interpret, diagnose or try to work through problems. We provide therapeutic prompts (and DIY art project tutorials coming soon) to get the creative process started – a push for one to self-explore. We are a company that is dedicated to providing coping strategies and education on how to properly implement them.
Disclaimer: Offbeat Expressions strives to be an online hub for self-help resources, education, awareness, and support. Individuals are encouraged to seek local mental health professionals for additional assistance. Offbeat Expressions in no way takes the place of a licensed art therapist, counselors of any sort, or medical providers. Although Offbeat Expressions may not be a mandated reporter, any abuse allegations will be reported appropriately to DCFS or Adult Protected Services. The National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255. There is no shame in reaching out for help. There is no shame in needing to talk about it.