What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy helps children, adolescents, and adults explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with a physical illness or disability. No artistic talent is necessary for art therapy to succeed, because the therapeutic process is not about the artistic value of the work, but rather about finding associations between the creative choices made and a client’s inner life. The artwork can be used as a springboard for reawakening memories and telling stories that may reveal messages and beliefs from the unconscious mind.
In the Shelter in Place, using Telehealth, we can still do Art therapy if the client has paper and something to draw with! When we go back to the office, I have shelves full of pens, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, paints, magazine pictures and watercolors, as well as modeling clay. I integrate art therapy into talk therapy and intermingle it with other modalities to help my clients heal and help them to seek a deeper understanding of themselves.