What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of therapy that bridges the gap between the left brain (analytical side) and the right brain (creative side). Often, we struggle to find the right words to describe a certain situation, this is where the art comes in. Art therapy allows clients the ability to convey exactly what they want to say, without the use of words. Even more so art is a non-verbal way of communication that allows clients the opportunity to express topics and subjects that they may otherwise find difficult to communicate with simply words alone.
Art allows clients to express themselves both visually and verbally, ultimately leading to a deeper exploration of life challenges. One does not have to be an ‘artist’ to participate in art therapy. While the product may play an important role and give insight into a client’s life, ultimately the therapeutic aspect is in the process, not the product.
Topics Discussed in Group
During this 55 minute group, participants are able to process current emotion, discuss age relevant topics and complete an art directive. Some common topics discussed include social skills, friendship, relationships, self-esteem, self-compassion and mindfulness. The groups are limited to five participants and run for an 8 week period.