Q & A

Answers to the most commonly asked questions

How did the name Odonata, (pronounced ödn'ätә), come to be the name of Odonata Wellness Center, LLC?

Since metaphor is inherent to the creative art therapeutic process, it is fitting that our name shall possess metaphoric qualities. Odonata is the scientific name of dragonfly and damselfly. Origins of the name “Odonoto” comes from Greek language meaning “tooth” and is suggestive of the dragonfly and damselflies mandible strength.

In their lifetime, dragonfly and damselflies inhabit both water and air. In order to do that, they must go through a metamorphosis during their lifespan. They are a creature that is revered throughout many cultures as the dragonfly represents transformation. Blending all the beautiful elements the dragonfly and damselfly have to offer, gives birth to the name, Odonata: the metaphor of strength in the transformational journey of one’s lifespan.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a mental health profession that provides clinical support services to clients across the life span. Please connect to the American Art Therapy Association website for further information outlining what art therapy is,

I don’t know how to draw. Can I still do art therapy?

One of the biggest misconceptions about art therapy is that it is only for people who are artistically inclined, and can draw. Anyone, at any age, can do art therapy. That is why it is essential to work with a trained art therapist. Clinically training is essential to balancing the most appropriate art medium that will address a client’s psychological, emotional, or physical need(s). Not only can art therapy address and provide relief from emotional and psychological pain, it also activates a part of the brain that enables a person to relax.

What is an expressive arts approach to counseling?

An expressive arts approach to counseling is the use of creative modalities such as: psychodrama, poetry, bibliotherapy, play therapy (filial therapy), or sand tray therapy to address individual, couple, or family’s needs.

Can an art therapist do other therapies?

At Odonata Wellness Center, LLC, art therapy is only one of many expressive arts modalities and clinical interventions available to our clients. Juxtaposed to the art therapy masters level training is the education and training of other therapy modalities including: solution focused therapy, crisis interventions, cognitive behavioral, personality traits, conditioning, social learning, behaviorism, existential therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, existential therapy humanistic, psychodynamic, and family systems.

What is Life Coaching?

A certified life coach works from the “here and now” mindset while aiding the client to move forward into the future by setting client goals to unlock their potentials. Collaboration is the foundation of the life coaching/client relationship. The coach assists the client to discover their values, find clarity in their current life situations and circumstances, establish a client’s life purpose, and create strategies to achieve their future aspirations while managing all of life’s complexities.

How is life coaching different than therapy?

In comparison to the therapeutic relationship, which generally meets once or twice per/week for a fifty-minute session, a professional life coach can offer an accountability “check-in” with a client between appointments. A coach also has flexibility in the way they can communicate with clients. Appointments are conducted in person, on the phone, or via Skype.

What is Sexual Addiction Recovery Life Coaching?

Seeking the assistance of a Sexual Addiction Recovery Life Coach means creating a relationship with a professional that knows how to ask you the right questions, all while understanding your current circumstances. Moreover, the Sexual Addiction Recovery Life Coach has had specific training to assist partners who have been or are currently in a relationship with a sex addict. During the challenging times in the recovery journey, a coach can not only hold the vision for you by seeing you as a beautiful and whole individual deserving of a fulfilling and bright future, but they assist you in attaining that for yourself.

What is sex addiction?

Sexual addiction is defined as any sexually-related, compulsive behavior which interferes with normal living and causes severe stress on family, friends, loved ones, and one’s work environment.
Sexual addiction has been called sexual dependency and sexual compulsivity. By any name, it is a compulsive behavior that completely dominates the addict’s life. Sexual addicts make sex a priority more important than family, friends, and work. Sex becomes the organizing principle of addict’s lives. They are willing to sacrifice what they cherish most in order to preserve and continue their unhealthy behavior.
Dr. Patrick Carnes estimates three to six percent of the population are facing sexual addiction. It remains unclear whether one gender has a higher incidence of sexual addiction than the other. Research by Dr. Carnes shows that approximately 20 – 25% of all patients who seek help for sexual dependency are women. (This same male-female ratio is found among those recovering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, and pathological gambling.) For more information and professional help, please contact

What is the difference between porn addiction and sex addiction?

There is no difference. Porn addiction is just one type of addictive acting out behavior under the definition of sex addiction. With the advent of the internet, there has been a direct link to the use of online pornography and significant increase in the number of people addicted to it. It is the one sexually addictive behavior that has been clinically studied.

What is intimacy anorexia?

Dr. Douglas Weiss coined the phrase intimacy anorexia to describe a cluster of behaviors he outlines in “Intimacy Anorexia: Healing the Hidden Addiction in Your Marriage” and his website, . These behaviors create isolation and emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual deprivation for the partner. The intimacy anorexic behavior causes the partner to feel an extreme emotional atrophy because he or she is not receiving expressions of love, physical touch, and healthy communication.

What is sexual anorexia?

Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., in his book, Sexual Anorexia: Overcoming Sexual Self-Hatred, describes Sexual Anorexia as a state of mind, outlines sexual anorexia as, “an obsessive state in which the physical, mental, and emotional task of avoiding sex dominates one’s life.”

What is Reiki?

Reiki is an oriental hands-on healing method that has been in existence for over a thousand years. The word Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning universal life energy. Energy flows in and around all living matter. When energy is disrupted, it can cause blockages, and cause the body to be out of balance. This can be compared to logs collecting in a narrow part of a river. Once the river is jammed, it prevents the water from flowing. The role of the Reiki Practitioner is to assist the client with the energy flow. Reiki is used for various ailments as well as emotional and psychological pain. It is used within modern medical and mental health settings, spas, and holistic retreat centers world-wide.

What is Institutional Trauma?

Institutional trauma is a phenomenon common among partners of sex addicts. Unfortunately, many individuals in the mental health field and treatment facilities are uneducated and unfamiliar with partner’s traumatic symptoms. Moreover, many therapists are ignorant of the impact of sexual betrayal not only for the partner, but also for the couple. Too often a therapist inadvertently minimizes or completely dismisses the partner’s trauma symptoms. Therefore, the partner does not receive the appropriate and effective treatment for her/him or the relationship.

Learning about a loved one’s secret sex addicted life, being exposed to sexually fatal diseases, or fearing exposure can create symptoms of post-traumatic stress. In addition, an emotionally and physically deprived relationship, coupled with years of gaslighting behaviors towards the partner, and a person can develop post-traumatic stress disorder. Partners and families are often burdened with significant financial debt that resulted from the sex addicts acting out behaviors and/or financial strains that may have resulted from legal issues.

Untrained individuals often cause additional traumatic damage. The stories range from being told to “get over it,” “you’re co-dependent,” or “accept that your spouse has changed.” The words may not seem harsh, but to someone who’s been in emotional isolation, living in fear as the life they once knew no longer exists, and the fact that a partner usually has no one to confide in, these words are devastating to hear. Occasionally, individuals experience gross negligence from a therapist who lacks adherence to their professional ethical standards.

What do all the acronyms after a name mean?

Our clinical staff, coaches, and partners have certifications, degrees, and licenses that are as follows:

APSATS Candidate – Completed course training and is obtaining certification hours
ATR – Certified Art Therapist
CCPS – Certified Clinical Partner Specialist
CPCC – Certified Professional Co-Active Coach
CPC – Certified Partner Coach
LPC-IT Licensed Professional Counselor, in training
MS – Masters of Science Degree
MFT – Marriage and Family Therapist
RMT – Reiki Master Teacher