Art therapy is where creativity becomes the canvas for healing and self-discovery.
What is Art Therapy?
"Art therapy is a mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship."
© American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
Art Therapy for Adult
Art therapy is NOT just for children!!! All adults have at least one childlike part in us as well. This part can be a creative part that enjoys creative expression. This part can also turn into a wounded "monster-like" part as it carries weight and burdens. This part may need some support to be unburdened, however, our logical adult language may not be able to access this part all the time as this part doesn't understand rational/intellectual shenanigans...
Art Therapy may be the magic to "speak to" the wounded childlike part as it's the limbic/emotional language children use.
How does it work?
In art therapy, making pretty things is not a priority. Art therapy is more about how we use art to express ourselves and our perspectives. Art-making is a mindful and fun process in a contained space to engage in your internal world with sensations and somatic experiences. As we explore your artwork, we gain deeper insights into the story behind your art.
When the monster-like part feels understood, you will gain insights to solve conflicts, manage behavior, improve self-esteem, develop self-awareness, manage stress, develop interpersonal skills, and cultivate self-compassion.
Art therapy harnesses creative expression to explore and process anxious emotions, while sensory connection engages the senses to ground individuals in the present moment. The mindfulness process fosters awareness and acceptance of anxious feelings and thoughts without judgment.
The creative process provides a safe and holistic space for individuals to confront and manage anxiety, cultivating inner peace, resilience, and a deeper understanding of their emotional landscape.