About Art Therapy
According to the American Art Therapy Association:
"Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques."
"Today art therapy is a widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth."
According to John:
In essence, art therapy is a mixture of talk therapy and art making aimed at solving problems and improving quality of life. To me, the art and creative processes combined with psychological principles are at the heart of how art therapy works. The emphasis is less on making an artwork (or "good art") and more on the experiences and psychological states that result from an encounter with the art and creative processes.Through art therapy, I believe more parts of the brain can be more efficiently and easily activated and ultimately integrated than through traditional talk therapy alone.
Every person is unique, so the way art therapy is implemented with each client is also unique. I design art therapy sessions to fit each client's needs and personality in a gentle guiding fashion. So whether you seek short-term solution-focused therapy, longer-term depth therapy, or just want to enhance your creativity and well-being you can be assured that I will help you reach your goals to the best of my ability.