What is Art Therapy?
Why Choose Art Therapy/Psychotherapy?
You've not had success in talk only therapy
Research shows that trauma is often encoded in our brains in the form of images before words are able to describe them. You are ready to create the images and find the words
You're seeking a creative approach to addressing life's challenges
You want a space to express yourself in non-verbal ways
Art is your passion, and you want to use it or get back to it
You have difficulty with, or don't always enjoy, verbalizing thoughts and feelings
Doing art is fun!
Art making can provide a cathartic experience
It can relieve stress and anxiety
It can cause reduction in heart rate and respiration
Creating art is non-linear; you can express many issues/challenges/conflicts at the same time and resolve them using imagery (it does not matter if you have ever used art before)
Art making can Increase serotonin levels, which can have a positive impact on depression and lower cortisol levels, which rise with stress
You have experienced trauma, depression, loss/grief or anxiety and may not have the words to express your feelings
Even after reading this entire site, you don't quite understand what Art Therapy is, and are still curious to give Art Therapy a try
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.
sing 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 absolutely be sessions where the entire time is spent creating art; and 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 the emergence of your creative flow.
There are also many ways to integrate the creative process without ever touching hand to materials.
Below are some ways that the art process can happen.
Creating art may naturally emerge out of our talking about what is going on in your life or in the moment
Using art could 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 may use your imagination to visualize images that may never be created, but explored verbally
You may create art between sessions and we explore it 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 beware 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.
For working together remotely, I have provided a list of supplies with a broad (yet limited) range of materials that can be found on the Resources page. Note that by no means do I endorse any of these materials or Amazon, just a place to start.
*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.