Art Therapy

GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS A VOICE THROUGH ART!

Creative Expression can be a fun way to bring out your inner voice.
Art therapy is appealing to children, adolescents or adults who enjoy expressing themselves in creative ways. Art therapy can be used with individual, couples or family therapy. If you are creative, or would like to try this as a focus for part, or all of your therapy, then we should talk! There are many benefits to art therapy:
• Children benefit from creating through art to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences when they can’t find the words to do so, or are resistant to traditional talk therapy. Creative expression can be more comfortable for some than talking about what they have been through, or are currently experiencing.
• Adolescents and adults can also benefit from art therapy. Sometimes when we use art to express ourselves, we are able to learn more about ourselves, and express ourselves ways that surprise us, or with thoughts and feelings that would not have come to the surface through traditional therapy.
• When a parent and child, or family create artwork together they often connect in ways that they might not be able to do at home during their busy, daily life. Art can neutralize conflicts and “level the playing field,” helping us to see each other from another perspective.
• Creative expression through sketching, painting, sculpture, making collages, origami, paper cutting or paper tearing, memory boxes or journals can help us to develop insights and new ways of understanding ourselves and our loved ones. Art therapy can also be a creative tool for coming to terms with grief, loss, or trauma in a less threatening, and more comfortable setting.

 

PhD- These practitioners have a PhD, or doctorate’s degree, and are considered “doctors” as psychologists. Some Psychologists may have a PsyD. Psychologists often see clients for therapy, but can also perform psychological testing for clients. Psychologists do not prescribe any medications.

 
WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A COUNSELOR?

 

There are lots of good therapists out there, who specialize in various types of therapy. Some therapists are more eclectic, and try to individualize therapy, depending on their client’s needs. Scientific studies have found that the most important indicator of success for therapy is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the client. In other words, “it needs to be a good fit.” Try to “interview” therapists before you make a commitment for a therapy session. Many counselors will offer a free consultation in person, on video, or on the phone. After you meet with your counselor for a few sessions, take time to re-evaluate the relationship, and discuss during your session what is working for you, and if there is anything that has not been helpful. Then you can decide together on the next steps. If it is your child or family that is in counseling, then do this together. You can also ask your child’s therapist for a family session without your child, to review their progress and how to continue to support your child with their goals. You may also ask for your child’s (or teen’s) records. Many therapists will ask you to sign a release for these records.

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