“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
— Thomas Merton
Art therapy combines creative, visual expression with psychotherapy to help people express and explore thoughts, feelings and experiences. It is based on the belief that artistic expression is inherently healing, and reflecting on one’s artistic creations can facilitate creative problem-solving, promote insight, and offer a fresh perspective on problems. Art therapy is an effective treatment for individuals, groups, couples and families with a broad range of personal and interpersonal issues. It can be used with people of all ages, all intellectual levels, and all levels of artistic experience, so NO artistic talent is required.
Art therapists are master’s level trained clinicians who are knowledgeable about theories of human development, theories of counseling, psychopathology, professional ethics, clinical research, and art therapy techniques and application. In the US, the art therapy profession is governed by the American Art Therapy Association, and art therapists are credentialed by the Art Therapy Credentials Board
What To Expect
During the first few sessions, we will cover introductions, policies, and complete intake paperwork, and we will begin to build our relationship. Although communication will be important throughout our time together, I like to emphasize the importance of communicating any questions, concerns, or uncertainty during the initial stage because it will help us create a productive relationship moving forward. We might begin using art materials as soon as the first session, as a way for us to become familiar with each other, and for you to help me understand why you are seeking therapy, or we might ease into art-making more gradually. Both group and individual therapy sessions typically begin with ‘check-in’ time, followed by an art task designed to help explore issues of concern. Sessions conclude with discussion of the final art product, your experience creating it, and how themes or issues in the art relate to your life. More involved projects might take several sessions to complete. I offer a range of materials and art processes, including traditional art materials, craft supplies, and found/recycled objects.