Art Therapy

Art Therapy helps to heal on a deep level.  It is a positive and non threatening for children to connect which leads to positive changes.

art materials used in Art Therapy counselling

Art therapy uses the language of art for personal growth, insight, and transformation.  It is a way of connecting what is inside – our thoughts, feelings, perceptions – with outer realities and life experiences. Art therapy can be used with individuals of all ages and can be used as a stand alone approach or concurrent to other therapeutic approaches.

Art therapy might also be ideal for people who:

  • Have difficulty verbalizing feelings and just do not know what to say or how to say it
  • Are flooded by anxiety, grief or depression
  • Are stuck or feeling hopeless
  • Have trouble communicating with words
  • Are stalled in their current talk therapy
  • Who want to recapture or grow their creative abilities
  • Psychological barriers to verbal therapy
  • Want to deepen their relationships, spirit/soul and life experiences

Some of the materials used during art therapy include paint, clay, oil & chalk pastels, marker/crayons, collage, plasters, mask making and other materials.

Other expressive mediums are often used, including writing/journaling, photography, sand tray and play therapy.

Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Provides a way to communicate thoughts, feelings and beliefs
  • Develops insight of self and others to facilitate change
  • Improved perspective; externalize an internal process; take a step back
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Improve and manage difficult or problem behaviours
  • Relief from overwhelming emotions or crises
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase self awareness and self knowledge
  • Increase self esteem and confidence
  • Teaches skills
  • Improves concentration
  • Increased ability to cope with symptoms, stress and trauma experiences
  • Enhance cognitive abilities
  • Improve sense of well being
  • Fosters transformation; use past experience to create a new present; author an new narrative of one’s life
  • Promotes integration and wholeness
  • Assists to identify processes of change
  • A non-threatening form of self-expression
  • An effective tool for the management of stress and anxiety
  • An alternate treatment for less verbal clients
  • An effective means for personal growth and exploration
  • Provides a more direct link to the emotional centers of the brain
  • Provides a concrete record of progress attained in therapy
  • Stimulates creativity which can enhance a sense of well being and self-esteem

If you think Art Therapy would be helpful  for you or your child, contact us.

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