What to Expect
“Art Therapy somehow relieves the soul of its burdens and promises a new tomorrow.” Maureen C. Del Giacco, Ph.D., LCAT
As with any form of therapy, your first session will consist of your talking to the therapist about why you want to find help and learning what the therapist has to offer. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan that involves creating some form of artwork. Once you begin creating, the therapist may, at times, simply observe your process as you work, without interference or judgment. When you have finished a piece of artwork—and sometimes while you are still working on it—the therapist will ask you questions along the lines of how you feel about the artistic process, what was easy or difficult about creating your artwork, and what thoughts or memories you may have had while you were working. Generally, the therapist will ask about your experience and feelings before providing any observations.
A multitude of clients around the world are benefiting from Art Therapy with improvements in managing anxiety, depression, short-term memory, focusing, overall attention and concentration. Art therapy works by helping children, adolescents and adults explore their emotions, change behaviors, and adjust to school and work issues. You do not have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy.
Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. With the guidance of a Mental Health Professional who is practicing as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (NY STATE) art therapist can help clients “decode” the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.
How Does Art Therapy Work?
Art therapy is founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapists are trained to understand the roles that color, texture, and various art media can play in the therapeutic process and how these tools can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings, and psychological disposition. Art therapy integrates psychotherapy and some form of visual arts as a specific, stand-alone form of therapy, but it is also used in combination with other types of therapy.
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