" In my own life I have traversed challenges such as divorce, shyness, bankruptcy, cancer, anxiety, a severe concussion, and depression... I have struggled with feeling lost, living decades in "survival" mode. Yet, I stayed afloat with tenacity, faith, and gratitude for everyday gifts. These experiences have led me to a greater spiritual awareness and sense of empowerment. Life is about relationships- to oneself, others, the animal/plant kingdoms, and our earth. As I evolve, I connect to life with deeper understanding, compassion, and positive regard." Melissa
Melissa Masters, Ph.D., ATR
I am a professional artist, art therapist/holistic life coach, interfaith minister, angelic reiki master, and lightworker!
As a registered art therapist, I hold a graduate degree in holistic life counseling, and several certificates in expressive arts therapy including person-centered expressive arts. It brings me great joy to share wisdom from my own life experiences, coupled with the extraordinary power of using the art process to tap into one's inner resources. My passion for working with youth/teens and adults, privately and in groups is a humbling experience as we all learn and continue to grow in deep exploration together.
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Creative Holistic Life Coaching/Art Therapy
In my private sessions with individuals I may offer art experiences that allow you to gain deeper insight into your inquiries and challenging issues. Examples can include- journaling, movement, drawing, or collage, with no artistic skills being necessary to reveal new, and often hidden subconscious discoveries. I specialize in helping specifically with teens and women with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and major life transitions. I prefer to use the word “coach” as it feels less triggering to people. Who would not want a coach to help them feel empowered, courageous, and confident in making optimal choices for their lives?
I am also a certified Angelic Reiki master and offer this adjunct service as well. Angelic Reiki is a pure, high frequency energy healing transmitted directly from the angelic realm. This powerful healing assists the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies of clients; and is administered either lying on a massage table or sitting in a chair. It is relaxing and there is little to no actual touch to the body when given. An intuitive message is often presented to the client that I receive during the session.
Contact me for a free consultation to see if I am a good fit for supporting you on your life journey!
Expressive Arts Self Healing workshop
Collage Vision Board workshop
Upcoming Classes and Events
If you live in the Sonoma, CA area, consider my creative-based services in angelic reiki, holistic life counseling, and my expressive arts retreat sessions on site. Gather with supportive new friends focused on health and well-being! My lovely space in the town of Sonoma, CA is a sacred safe space for art and heart exploration.
CONTEMPORARY BROKEN BOWL PROJECT
SATURDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 10:00 - 4:00
The art of repairing a broken bowl is called kintsugi - "golden journey" in Japan. This process is a metaphor for seeing beauty in flawed or imperfect aspects of our lives. Gift yourself this day in a healing space recreating a special bowl.
COST: $128.00 (includes all art materials, snacks/beverages- soup and salad lunch)
THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED TO SIX PARTICIPANTS
Spring 2023, Teen Girls (or identify feminine gender)
Expressive Arts Self- Discovery Series
Online- (Six Weeks - Friday evenings 7:00 - 8:30)
This group will foster self-esteem and positive friendships. Together we will explore, discuss, share, discover, and enhance our understanding of how to navigate our lives. Through art-filled activities, games, wisdom cards, play, and crafts we will connect in a safe comfortable space. Participants must be willing to commit to six sessions to support each other.
(Contact me for more information.)
Cost: $33.00 a session.
Ongoing - Sonoma Goddess Moon Circle
Onsite - Saturday before Monthly Full Moon - 7:00 - 9:00
This group meets monthly alternating near the full moon cycles. Ritual, play, music, dance, astrology, oracle cards, exploring divine feminine wisdom. Together we will build soulful connections to Self, community, and our natural world. Get your Divine Goddess Self ON! Feel free to dress goddessy. Potluck supper. Feel your magic, and the support of other women shining their light during these auspicious times on earth! Monthly themes and details as we co-create each gathering. Love Donations Appreciated. We value your commitment and unique gifts!
Two hour meetings monthly. (Contact me for information.)
Cost: No Charge Visit us on Meetup.com
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS 2022
Saturdays - 10:00 - 4:00
Cost: $128.00 (art materials included, snacks/beverages, soup and salad lunch.)
ONSITE in Sonoma
October 29th - "Higher Self" Masks
November 26th - Sentimental Sewn Sock Dolls
December 17th - Make A New Year Junk Journal
As an artist...
I love to write poetry, personal essays, and motivational articles related to conscious living.
Earlier paintings focused on landscape. Presently, my work is more abstract, yet continues to be inspired by the elements of nature. Contact me for availability and pricing for art/giclee prints, or mural work.
My singing/songwriting tends to have a Celtic influence with uplifting lyrics that are of New Thought. I am available for local performances.
Masters, Melissa: Hunny-Bunny, A Little Book About Friendship, Regent Press, Berkeley, 2021
"I am so dazzled and inspired by her gifts and the artful way she interacts with life." C. A.
"Melissa's kind and intuitive manner held a safe container that guided me expertly. I recommend her to anyone seeking clarity or healing of deep emotional blockages." C. E.
"These workshops helped me to meet my authentic self through heartfelt dialogue and artistic expression. I leave every session feeling uplifted and empowered to take action in directing my life!" M. S.
"I enjoy these playful workshops! My self-esteem has really blossomed as a result in that I can now really say I love myself. I feel better able to make choices in my life by havng learned new coping skills. I understand how to change personal belief systems that made my life difficult." H.. G.
"Such a talented and beautiful person who brings out the best in everyone. She helped me see myself through her eyes and I am so grateful! Her workshops are educational and FUN! I have met some awesome new friends by participating in these classes too." J. R.
"The healer you have been looking for
is your own courage to know and love yourself completely."