Creativity, Embodiment, and Healing: A Conversation with Karen Wallace

In this episode, we playfully explore the territory of embodiment and creativity with Karen Wallace, M.Ed. BCATR.

We speak about trauma, creativity, play, making things, and so much more. This conversation was so personally enriching for me! 

Karen has a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. She’s written a gorgeous book called “There is No Need To Talk About This: Poetic Inquiry from the Art Therapy Studio.” Many of her poems are simply stunning and she reads several during our conversation. 

In her private practice, Karen draws on a wide variety of theories to create an integrative approach. She is client-centered and uses techniques and theories which ‘fit’ the client. She is a practicing artist and combines theories in a very creative way in her practice to facilitate clients’ journeys through change.

She embodies a wealth of education and experience. Some of the tools she uses in her work are sand tray, all forms of art making, Focusing, Narrative Therapy, Feminist Therapy,  journal and creative writing, movement, Somatic Experiencing techniques, stress reduction techniques, EMDR, meditation techniques and play therapy. 

She and her husband, Patrick Lewis, have just finished their new book called: Trauma-Informed Teaching through Play, Art, Narrative. You can learn more about Karen and her book(s) at


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By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.