is a mental health profession that combines the creative process of art making and psychotherapy.
Feelings, thoughts and emotions can be difficult to process and understand. As a result, they can be challenging to express and manage appropriately. The creative process is an effective modality to begin connecting feelings, thoughts and emotions internally. Creative arts therapy can serve a non-threatening medium when words are not enough. It is used to help children, adolescents and adults with reaching optimal daily functioning. Art Therapy addresses but is not limited to self-esteem, anxiety, stress, depression, grief, loss, identity, mood or emotional stability, coping skills, trauma, transition as well as focus and awareness.
An art therapy session is facilitated by a certified art therapist in an individual or group setting. A typical session consists of goal making, art-making, art process guided by the art therapist, however art processing is on the timeline of the client.There is no artistic skill or experience necessary to participate in a creative arts therapy session.
Benefits of Art therapy
Ability to express when words cannot
Building coping skills
Increased self-esteem and confidence