What is Art Therapy?
Do I need to be an artist or a child to do Art Therapy/Psychotherapy?
Visual artists and children are often naturally drawn to art therapy.
And, we all have the ability to express our creativity using art.
Art is symbolic, as is the alphabet.
Using art in Art Therapy can be as simple as writing the letters of your name in marker, pounding on a piece of clay and seeing where your hand moves the clay naturally, or cutting out photos from a magazine and pasting them on a sheet of paper.
It can be using paint when angry and painting an entire page black.
And, its much, much more.
Will we do Art in every session?
Creating art will happen as much or as little as works for you.
Using art is a way of working that reflects who you are, where you are at and what you are looking to achieve. It is your process.
Art is a vehicle to help you grow in ways you may never have imagined possible.
Can we use art all the time? Of course.
Will talking be a part of our work?
If you choose, there can be sessions where the entire time is spent creating art, though generally at least some part of our time together is talking.
And, depending on the work we're doing, your goals, and how you want things to go, it can be a greater or lesser part of the overall therapy experience.
How we use Art/Creative Processes?
You ALWAY have CHOICE in whether to create art or not, and if you do, you may well be surprised by your creative flow.
There are also ways to integrate the creative process without ever touching hand to materials.
Below are some ways that the creative process can emerge.
Creating art may naturally arise out of our talking about what is going on in your life or in the moment
Using art can be beneficial at getting to something that words are not expressing
You may come in to the session with an idea that you want to create
We might use your imagination to visualize images that are never physically created, but instead, explored verbally
You might create art between sessions that we then explore when we meet
And art may be used for reasons I have not thought of here
Do I need to bring my own Art Materials or do you have them?
Materials are provided for you in the session.
However, please be aware many people that have never used art become so excited about the process that they do go out and buy materials so that they can have them at home.
*When in person during the time of Covid, I will provide a set of materials that are yours. There may be shared materials such as SandTray or magazines available. If you choose to work with shared materials, know that they will be cleaned between use or if that is not possible, they will become yours. And when possible it is asked that gloves (which I will provide) be used.
What is Art Therapy? (Unabridged Definition)
Who Does Art Therapy/Psychotherapy?
The short answer is everyone can, and that includes you.