Since the beginning of time art has comforted, inspired and helped us make sense of life. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that provides a portal into healing and reduces the apprehension that can sometimes surround traditional talk therapy methods. Making art alongside others naturally helps to regulate our nervous system and this alone can have profound healing effects. Creative expression also organically relies on the unique preferences, needs and goals of the individual and brings the process of growth and self awareness alive.
There are SO many reasons to try art therapy but perhaps the best reason of all is that it leads to the development of resilience. The ability to integrate our hard times by finding meaning and growth on the other side of a challenge lays the foundation for wellbeing across the lifespan.
All ages can benefit from art therapy and the community it naturally creates. Art is medicine.
What can Art Therapy help with? Here are just a few of the many reasons art therapy is so valuable.
Emotion Exploration and Regulation:
Emotions can be overwhelming and art is an excellent way to express painful feelings while building healthy coping strategies. Using colors, shapes, textures and a variety of techniques allows for safe exploration of emotions and increased capacity for self expression and reflection.
With art, everyone has a seat at the table. Conversations can be difficult to start but structured art activities create common ground through collaboration, community building and individual freedom for self expression. The bond that’s created when we make art together leads to more effective communication and a sense of belonging. Art is also fun! By creating a safe space with a tiny bit of structure and a whole lot of individual choice, participants naturally begin to bond with each other.
Art provides a safe, encouraging environment to help our clients build confidence, self awareness and problem solving skills. The act of creating something brings us to the present moment where we can be in a flow state. When are naturally engaged in a fulfilling activity we become more attuned with our sense of feeling whole. People who feel whole have higher self esteem and greater capacity
We have a new art therapy group starting for teens in September! To learn more or to start the registration process please complete the form below or contact email@example.com.