“Art therapy … helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem, self-awareness, and achieve insight.”
― from the American Art Therapy Association
What is Art Therapy?
As a trained art therapist, I use art-making as a therapeutic tool in session. Sometimes this is just a “check-in” or simple warm up activity. Sometimes it is using the power of clients’ creativity to explore deeply held beliefs or to process old stories. Art transcends language and culture. It allows you to tap into a deeper wisdom, which can help you to heal, feel, and grow.
Do I have to be an artist?
Absolutely not! Art therapy is not about being an artist– it’s about the process of making art more than the product created. I use art with all clients, but tailor the tools and the approach to the individual. Materials used for art therapy include collage, paint, clay, markers, fabric, and pencils. Most people find that the art helps them see things differently. Studies in Neuroscience support the use of art in therapy to access different parts of the brain. Whether you are a trained artist or you haven’t picked up a colored marker since fifth grade doesn’t matter. Art therapy is for everyone.
Check out the Tuesday Morning art therapy group under “Groups, workshops, and events“
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
― Dr. Seuss