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 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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