Art therapy is an alternative yet powerful way to help children, teens and adults move through difficult problems. One does not need to be talented, experienced or “good” at art to use art therapy. A good art therapist is trained to help clients get past anxiety about natural abilities and use creative mediums to identify and express difficult thoughts and emotions to work on a wide variety of therapeutic problems. Creative mediums might include:
Painting Drawing Sculpture Collage Photography Poetry Journaling Music Sewing
There are a variety of situations where art therapy may be recommended to you. If traditional therapies don’t seem to be working for you, you feel stuck when you try to talk out a problem, or you already know that creative acts help you emotionally – art therapy may be suggested to you as a fresh way to approach a problem. Many people find the combination of traditional counseling and Art Therapy effective in processing problems.
Regardless of the situation, art therapy combines the naturally healing and calming effects of creative work with a skilled and knowledgeable therapist who can guide you in the process. If you would like to know more about how art therapy can help your child or yourself, contact us. Art therapist only practice within the scope which they are trained. They cannot provide a diagnosis, and know when to refer when clients need additional services.