Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy uses various artistic mediums such as drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.  Art Therapy is utilized with children of all ages, adolescents, adults and families.

Benefits of Art Therapy:

  • Self expression
  • Conflict and problem resolution
  • Development of interpersonal skills
  • Emotion and behavioral regulation
  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Improvement in self esteem
  • Increased self awareness and insight

Issues addressed in Art Therapy

  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Adoption and Attachment issues
  • AD/HD
  • Depression
  • Trauma/Loss
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Addiction issues
  • Abuse and domestic violence
  • Physical, cognitive and neurological disorders

Who can provide Art Therapy?

Art Therapists are masters level professionals who hold a degree in Art Therapy or a related field. Through rigorous training in Art Therapy programs, therapists become skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities for assessment and treatment.

Art Therapy provides a safe, nonjudgemental atmosphere for children to express feelings, regulate emotions and create meaningful and symbolic pieces of art to represent things that they are unable to verbalize.

 

Art Therapy Images:

 

 

Taken with permission by our Art Therapist, Jackie Hartman

 

 

For more information about Art Therapy please read the following articles:

Huffington Post article ‘How Art Therapy Can Help Children Facing Mental and Emotional Challenges’

Art Therapy and Play Therapy: Hope for Healing Kid’s Emotional and Behavioral Issues

Huffington Post article: ‘A Brief Guide to the Fundamentals of Art Therapy’