What is Art Therapy?
WHY CHOOSE ART THERAPY?
- You're seeking a Creative Approach to addressing life's challenges
- You want a space to express yourself in Non-Verbal ways
- You've not had success in therapy where it is only talk
- Art is your Passion, and you want to use it or get back to it
- You have difficulty with, or don't always enjoy, verbalizing thoughts and feelings
- Doing Art is FUN!
- Art making can provide a Cathartic experience, it can relieve Stress and Anxiety; it can cause Reduction in Heart Rate and Respiration
- Creating Art is Non-linear; you can express many issues/challenges/conflicts at the same time and resolve them using imagery (it does not matter if you have ever used art before)
- Art making can Increase Serotonin Levels, which can have a Positive Impact on Depression and lower cortisol levels, which rise with stress
- You have experienced trauma, depression, loss/grief or anxiety and may not yet have the words to express your feelings
- Research shows that Trauma is often encoded in our brains in the form of images before words are able to describe them. You are ready to create the images and find the words
- Even after reading this entire site, you don't quite understand what Art Therapy is, and Still are Curious to give art therapy a try
DO I NEED TO BE AN ARTIST OR A CHILD TO DO ART THERAPY?
Visual artists and children are often naturally drawn to art therapy, yet we all have the ability to express our creativity using art.
Art is symbolic, as is the alphabet.
Using art in art therapy can be as simple as writing the letters of your name in marker, pounding on a piece of clay and seeing where your hand moves the clay naturally, or cutting out photos from a magazine and pasting them on a sheet of paper.
It can be using paint when angry and painting an entire page black.
And, its much, much more.
WILL WE DO ART IN EVERY SESSION?
Creating art will happen as much or as little as works for you.
Using art is a way of working that reflects who you are, where you are at and what you are looking to achieve. It is your process.
Art is a vehicle to help you grow, in ways you may never have imagined possible.
Can we use art all the time? Of course.
WILL TALKING BE A PART OF OUR WORK?
Generally at least some part of our time together is talking, though there certainly can be sessions where the main focus and/or entire time is using art.
And, depending on the work you're doing, it can be a greater or lesser part of the overall therapy experience.
HOW IS ART USED IN SESSION?
There is no one way that a session will go; there are various ways that the art process can happen. Creating art may naturally emerge out of our talking about what is going on in your life in that moment, or I/we may sense that it will be beneficial at getting to something that words are not expressing, you may come in to the session with something you want to create, or it may become part of the session for a variety of other reasons.
You always have the choice as to whether you will create art or not, and you may be surprised by the emergence of your own creative flow.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN ART MATERIALS OR DO YOU HAVE THEM?
Materials are provided for you in the session.
But beware many people that have never used art become so excited about the process that they do go out and buy materials so that they can have them at home.
To schedule an appointment with Linda Turner, Licensed Art Therapist: (917) 445-7587 or email.