What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a profession based on the belief that making art promotes well-being and enhances a person’s life. Specifically, art therapy encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and the creative process. The process of art therapy enhances a person’s 
physical, mental and emotional well-being.

What can clients expect?

Through a working relationship with a therapist, clients will be expected to create art, reflect on their art product and also reflect on the creative process to enhance self-awareness in order to cope with life’s stressors. Art therapy is not based on the final art product, but the process of art-making for the individual. The process of therapeutic art focuses on the feelings, perceptions, and imagination of the client, which helps improve one’s self-esteem, increase cognitive abilities, and cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences. Art therapy techniques and exercises may trigger strong emotional reactions that a client may not be ready to handle alone. Client’s can expect therapists to work with them through their emotions and help them to achieve their personal goals.

Benefits of Art Therapy

* Improve self-esteem and self-confidence
* Promote self-expression
* Improve coping skills
* Reduce symptoms of concern
* Promote inter-personal skills, communication, and relationships
* Increase imagination and abstract thinking
* Sensory regulation and integration
* Developmental growth
* Visual-Spatial Skills
* Develop recreation and leisure skills

Available Services

• Art Therapy within the              Verbal Behavior program
• Parent Support Groups
• Open Studio Sessions
• Family Art Therapy
• Individual Art Therapy sessions for:
• Parents, Siblings, and Children
• Counseling

Expectations of therapist 

Art therapists provide support, encouragement, and assist clients to find meaning in their artwork. An art therapist may ask questions or comment on observation during the session, or there may be little verbal communication, allowing a client to create without talking. An art therapist works with a client to explore art materials and directives that enhance insight, coping skills, and overall well being. Our cultural background influences the way we perceive and remember things. Art therapists will consider cross-cultural issues when working with clients. In sum, art therapy integrates visual art, human development, and the creative process with models of psychotherapy and counseling.