Specialty: Art Therapy
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, raise self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.
Today art therapy is practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice and other clinical and community settings.
Who facilitates art therapy?
Art therapy is facilitated by a professional art therapist who holds a master’s degree in art therapy. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervision prepare the therapist to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
The Benefits of Art Therapy
Self-discovery: Creating art can help acknowledge and recognize feelings that have been in your unconscious.
Self-esteem: Giving a sense of self-accomplishment and an increase in confidence.
Emotional Release: Expression and letting go of feelings and fears.
Stress Relief: Art therapy has been shown to relieve stress and relax your mind and body.
Art therapy assesses and treats:
- Mental Illness
- Anxiety, depression and other mental/emotional problems
- Substance use and other addictions
- Abuse and domestic violence
- Social/emotional difficulties related to disability or illness
- Personal Trauma, PTSD and loss.
- Physical, cognitive and neurological problems
- Psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness