Wondering what Art Therapy is?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses visual arts as a major mode of expression. Within a confidential and creative space, the individual expresses their emotions both artistically and verbally, allowing for a unique means of exploring one’s thoughts and feelings.
Artistic expression is used to help release emotions which are difficult to verbalize or have been suppressed over time. My role aims to support clients living with:
Difficulties with bullying
Grief and bereavement
Trauma (sexual abuse, physical abuse, peer relationship abuse , neglect, etc.)
Art therapy explores a wide range of mediums such as: paint, pencil crayon, oil and chalk pastel, clay, glitter, charcoal, and collage. This allows for a client driven experience and enhances expression as every medium feels different to use.
A Few Ways that Art Therapy Works
Art Therapy engages the brain in healing ways
Our brains are hardwired to solve problems, but in order to be more effective, we need to give our logical minds some time to rest. When we engage in art activities, areas of the brain that control logical “problem-solving” take a break. This means that Art Therapy can help the brain shift gears and access our stories from a different angle.
Art Therapy helps access the subconscious mind (the level of awareness that is below the surface)
Symbols and images are the language of our subconscious mind and using these in therapy allows the parts of us that seem to be sabotaging our efforts room to feel safe. It is in this space that change and healing takes place. Clients begin to receive new information about themselves were they can come away from sessions with a different depth of understanding about their circumstances.
Art Therapy provides safety to experiment with creativity
Creativity lives within each of us, but some of us have lost touch with it (or have never felt connected to it). Art Therapy provides safety to experiment with connecting or reconnecting to that creative life force within each of us. Since it doesn’t matter what the art looks like in Art Therapy, there is no wrong way to make art, and that stick figures totally count as art! This usually brings a lot of relief to clients who don’t consider themselves artists.
FAQ's Frequently asked questions
Is art therapy the same as art classes?
Nope. Art therapy sessions are different from art classes in the way that sessions are set up to meet a treatment plan. Whereas, art classes are focused more on meeting standards to complete a curriculum. In art therapy the goal is not the quality of the art work but the process and insight gained.
Do I need to be 'good' at art to engage in art therapy?
Definitely not! Remember, art therapy is about the process not the product. Any skill level from stick figures to perfectly rendered images are fine to create in sessions. Your Therapist is not judging your art.
Is an Art Therapist the same as an Art Teacher?
No again 😬. An Art Teacher is teaching to a curriculum for grading purposes. On the other hand, An Art Therapist is masters level trained, working with psychological theories that support treatment goals. An Art Therapist also holds a professional license which allows them to legally and ethically practice. See my license here and my BAAT designation, Associate 42106.
Will I need to by any supplies for sessions?
No! All supplies and materials for sessions are provided 🤗. However, If you have a favorite medium, yes, by own means bring it with you.
Will I be able to start anytime during group sessions?
Unfortunately no. Unless the groups you are registering for states 'open group'. But in other cases 'closed groups' participant's must be committed to take part in the entire offering. See policies here
Will I be able to bring my friends with me to sessions?
This might seem like a strange questions. but children and adolescents run in packs, lol, and often want to share what they are doing with their peers. But the answer is no🙁, sorry. Because of the nature of the groups it is important that confidentiality is maintained. see group policies here.