Latina Jolivett, LMSW
Founder, Expressive Art Solutions
New Orleanians have long embraced the arts as a way to celebrate and communicate. Now, this creative impulse can be used in a new way. Thanks to the efforts of founder Latina Jolivett, LMSW, Expressive Art Solutions offers visitors a way to use the arts as a means of achieving positive mental health and wellness.
This lovely idea was, unfortunately, born from tragic circumstances. Following the murder of a family member, Jolivett found solace in the healing power of artistic expression. In her case, painting helped Jolivett cope with her grief.
A licensed master social worker, Jolivett was also interested in owning her own business. By combining her talents for both healing and creativity, she came upon the idea of Expressive Art Solutions. Getting accepted into the LaunchNOLA program gave her the necessary tools for every aspect of business operations. Thanks to credentialing, Expressive Art Solutions provides mental health services for crisis intervention, community psychiatric support and psychosocial rehabilitation.
The Expressive Art Solutions Counseling Center encourages its visitors to use the arts as a means of expressing emotions and facilitating healing. Painting, crafts and meditation can offer visitors a unique means for addressing and expressing feelings. Overall, this studio acts as a nontraditional approach to the typical counseling center.
“Walking into the studio, you feel a sense of safety and comfort because we appeal to the senses of sight, smell and hearing,” says Jolivett.
Individual counseling sessions pair the participant with a licensed mental health practitioner or mental health professional. A work of art is then created through the process of exploring thoughts, feelings and problems. Family, group and open studio sessions are also available. In addition to the mental health aspects of the business, the studio also offers painting parties for individuals and large groups alike.
At this time, Expressive Art Solutions is in need of volunteers and interns. Donations are always appreciated. In addition, interested persons are always welcome to contact the studio and learn more about its many services.
Expressive Art Solutions: Healing Minds & Heart Through Art, 2309 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 5, Harvey, 376-6146, firstname.lastname@example.org