What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy also referred to as Expressive Art Therapy or Creative Art Therapy. This type of psychotherapy uses rt making as a method of self-expression and provides a form of communication between the client and therapist to support growth or development needed for healing and change. This form of therapy can also be used as a therapeutic treatment for people who are experiencing emotional, developmental, social or psychological difficulties.

 

In art therapy, clients may appear more comfortable talking about their images than talking about their own feelings, as it might be too difficult or painful to find the words. Clients have an opportunity to express these emotions in their artwork. An art therapist provides a safe place where a client can share and be supported in their personal understanding. It is a gentle yet powerful method of exploring emotions through expression. 

Child Painting Model Airplane

No art skills are required nor do you have to be creative to benefit from art therapy. Art skills are not necessary or important in art therapy.  An art therapist is not an art teacher and It's not about making a piece of art. It’s about using the art-making process as a form of expression. 

Do I need art skills?

  • Stress reduction

  • Increased sense of self-awareness

  • Greater sense of control

  • Increased sense of independence

  • Improvements in communication

  • Healthier, more positive body image Improvements in social skills

  • Safe expression of difficult emotions

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Increased problem-solving skills

  • Reduced anxiety

  • Improved mood

  • Improved coping skills

  • Healing from trauma

What are the benefits of Art Therapy?

The Art Therapist will provide a range of many different art materials like paints, clay, pastels markers, tissue paper for collages or pictures and magazines. 

What to Expect in an Art Therapy Session?
What Materials are used?

Typically, in art therapy, you’ll be creating some form of art and then talking about the process as well as what you created. As mentioned above, the art therapist may have you paint or draw a picture, or create something from clay or other materials. You may be part of a group or working one-on-one with the therapist. If you’re in family or couple’s therapy than other family members or your significant other will likely be part of the session.

The therapist may ask you to create whatever comes to mind or give you a more specific task, such as to draw a self-portrait or to convey how you feel with colors or shapes. You may be asked to draw your family, yourself as a child, or the house you grew up in. You may be asked to paint a picture or create a collage of your hopes and dreams or draw something that makes you feel happy or calm. If you’re working through grief, you may be asked to draw a picture of someone you’ve lost.


You may be asked to talk about the process; for example, how it felt or if it triggered any memories. The therapist will also have you talk about what you’ve created, including, for example, how or why you chose certain colors or shapes. He or she may ask you about certain aspects of your art that stood out.

How long are Art Therapy Sessions?

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How do I make an appointment?

Sessions usually last up to an hour, some grounding and breathing exercise may be incorporated in the beginning of the session to help client’s focus. during that time approximately 30 minutes are spent creating, then time is given to discussing the image. Group sessions are similar however they will last longer so everyone has an opportunity to discuss their work if they so choose.

Paintings and Brushes