Art and Science are not typically found together. This makes Art Therapy a unique and exciting area in the field of mental health counseling. Art therapy is a vehicle to expressing emotions, healing, and growing. When working with an art therapist, you may experience using art as therapy, or you might have art therapy interventions that target what challenge you might be experiencing during that time. So, what’s the difference?
Art as therapy
Art can be used as a means of relaxation. Exploring new materials, creating mindless sketches and drawings, and utilizing art as self-care are all examples of using art that feels good. When we use art in this mindful way, we are allowing the creativity and exploration to be a means of therapy, the art becomes your escape from stress!
Art therapy-based interventions
If you are going through a specific challenge or trauma, art therapy has evidence-based interventions that can support processing the difficulties you are facing. Oftentimes it is difficult to find the words to express how an event impacted you and your emotions. Through specific art-based interventions your art therapist will invite you to explore these challenges with art tasks that align with what you may have gone through or are experiencing presently.
Who is art therapy for?
Everyone! Anyone who is open to trying this kind of therapy will benefit. This includes young kids, teens, adults, and even seniors. Art therapy provides you with the opportunity to express yourself in ways that words cannot, provide distance when working through a challenging time or event, and support the healing process uniquely from other methods of therapy. It has the ability to impact your physical and mental health by providing a universal language of creativity and expression.
Whether you need emotional support, mental health services, or something other than talk therapy, we provide you and your family with comprehensive expressive arts and art therapy services to support your health, wellness, and resilience.
Art therapy can help with:
- Social skills
- Relationship issues
- Mindfulness and relaxation
Art therapy isn't just for kids and teens. Healing through art is available and possible for all ages.
Explore the arts to connect with yourself. In art therapy, you'll use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to make real progress through self-expression and insight.
You'll be able to creatively communicate in a safe manner, sharing inner thoughts and fears in an emotionally safe zone. The use of art expression allows you to safely reflect how you see things, through your art, safely conveying the tough issues to help you grow. Art therapy allows you to share and understand things about yourself that you might otherwise find difficult to express.