Art therapy is a mental health profession that is used to help individuals move through life challenges and work towards self-acceptance and growth. Art therapy relies more on imagery and symbols than just the spoken word. This focus helps to bypass verbal boundaries, and create a safe, external space within which we can reflect and make meaning. It is a modality that focuses on process over product. You therefore do not have to be a skilled artist to work with an art therapist. Instead, you just need a desire to understand yourself on a deeper level, and a willingness to explore and express creatively.
I believe you are the expert and I will work to help you feel empowered to self-direct and narrate your own treatment and life journey. I offer a calm and judgment-free space in which we will begin to uncover your personal struggles and heal.
During a session we may utilize a variety of art material and techniques according to your needs and preferences. Such material include: acrylic and watercolor paint, colored pencils, oil pastels, collage material, 3-D items such as plaster and clay, and sandtray miniatures. We will not focus on how well you can create something, but rather on what you learn from the imagery you create. A piece of art that represents how you feel and experience your world is what I consider to be true art.
What are the Benefits of Art Therapy?
Engaging in the creative process can help an individual improve their quality of life. Examples of ways it can help are:
- Improving interpersonal skills
- Improving fine and gross motor skills
- Reconciling emotional conflicts
- Managing behavior
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Fostering self-awareness
- Increasing self-esteem
- Enjoying the pleasures of making art!