Perhaps you have been in traditional talk therapy and felt you have reached a plateau. Or maybe you feel stuck and want to try an alternative way to process things. Are you searching for a way to tap into your creative process to explore and get to know yourself in different way? Art therapy provides a way to utilize the creative process to express yourself, gain insight and awareness and to build coping skills. No artistic experience is necessary, just an open mind.
Art therapy provides a way to utilize the creative process to express yourself, gain insight and awareness and to build coping skills.
Art therapy offers opportunity to:
- Build self-esteem and reduce feelings of not being “good enough”
- Develop coping skills for managing anxiety and depression
- Process and integrate traumatic experiences
- Process and explore transitions
- Explore future goals
- Discover and define your sense of self
- Develop confidence and a sense of mastery
- Foster a sense of play, experimentation and exploration
- Expand your comfort zone and develop a more expansive sense of self
- Explore difficult feelings and emotions symbolically in a non-confrontational way
- Work with metaphor and symbolic language, which can offer some distance and be less threatening than directly speaking about a particular issue
- Have an experience that inherently lowers anxiety and relieves stress
- Have fun!
You might benefit from art therapy if:
- You have felt stuck in traditional talk therapy
- You’ve had an overwhelming experience that you can’t process with words
- You are open to an alternative approach to therapy
- You’d prefer to express yourself non-verbally
- Art has always been a natural way of expression for you OR you’ve never done art before (art therapy can be great either way!)
Art therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes long and involve a combination of talking and making art. Some people like to talk and make art at the same time, while others prefer to focus on their artwork and speak about it afterwards. It depends on what is most comfortable for you.
I have a variety of materials including acrylic paint, watercolors, oil pastels, chalk pastels, colored pencils, markers, collage, modeling materials, fabric, etc. You are also welcome to bring in art that you have created at home for us to explore and look at together.