What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a profession using a multi-sensory therapeutic approach to help individuals work through issues or concerns and reach a level of self-acceptance and growth. By using the creative process, we can begin to explore a person’s life from the inside & outside. This allows the client-artist to create a cognitive distance, which can make a situation appear less threatening because it is contained in an image. The client-artist can control and change the image as needed and work through problems in a non-harmful way. Additionally, the brain is allowed a chance to coordinate thoughts and memories with many of the 5 senses (sight, touch, sound, and, when appropriate or applicable, taste and smell) in a way that talking alone is often restricted by verbal expression.
Working with art can give a person a sense of mastery, not just with an art material, but more so in honing coping skills to enhance one’s quality of life.
You do not have to be “great” or “talented” to engage in Art Therapy. In fact, it’s not about how the artwork that you make looks so much as it is about your process and meaning in it. What I ask is that you have a willingness to express yourself safely in as many ways as you feel necessary to tap into your desire for change.