Art Therapy is a modality of psychotherapy that incorporates art-making as a central way to access, clarify, process, and express thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Artwork may be explored with the guidance of the art therapist by either addressing the process, the end product, or both. Aesthetics in art therapy are approached with curiosity and intrigue rather than judgment or critique. The focus of art therapy is on the process and finding meaning and connection in one’s life. The art made in an art therapy session is considered to be an extension or reflection of the self, allowing individuals to look at parts of themselves from a new or different perspective.You do not have to identify as an artist or have any skills or experience in any visual art practice. Art therapy utilizes a variety of media. The creative process can take many forms and you can begin at any skill level. The scope of practice in art therapy ranges from material exploration to building intentional and complex conceptual works of art and includes many facets of the creative experience.
Benefits of Art Therapy
The process of creating art allows one the chance to slow down, build new coping skills, and support one’s mental health. Art therapy can help individuals that are dealing with addictions, anxiety, grief/ loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, as well as behavioral issues.
Art therapy can be used to complement talk therapy. The purpose of art therapy is to manage feelings, learn new behaviors, reduce anxiety and stress, and work on increasing one's self-esteem. It is also used for both emotional and physical release and it activates the whole brain, which helps when feeling stuck in one emotional state or situation.
Self-Discovery: Art therapy can help one recognize feelings that have been lurking in the subconscious.
Self-Esteem: Art therapy can help one with feeling self- accomplished, which can be valuable to improve confidence and self-appreciation.
Emotional release: Art therapy gives one a healthy outlet for letting go and expressing feelings and fears. Certain emotional feelings are hard to express verbally and, with art, one is able to emotionally release without force.
Stress relief: Art therapy can help one to relax the mind and body, especially when dealing with emotional trauma.
Art Therapy & TraumaThe prefrontal cortex (where our rational decision making and language processing happens) and the hippocampus (where memory is stored and encoded) are impaired during, and for some time, after a traumatic experience. As a result, traumatic memories may be experienced as snapshots of images, sensations, and emotions. Because of this temporary impairment, processing trauma is often very difficult to do with words. When asked to verbalize aspects of their traumatic experience, individuals often feel frustrated, discouraged, and ashamed. Art therapy provides a tool to heal that does not rely on a person’s ability to put what they experience into words. Rather, this modality offers a gentle and safe space for trauma survivors to explore and express their inner world without the added pressure to verbalize it.
Free 30 minute consultations are available to determine if art therapy is right for you. Contact us today!
$140 - $185 | 1 hr
Insurance Accepted for Psychotherapy:
BCBS PPO, Blue Choice PPO, Out-of-Network
Check, Credit Card, HSA/FSA
Payment Plans are available if needed.
How Do I Know If I’m Covered for Your Services?
You can verify your eligibility and benefits by calling the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Some questions to ask are, “What are my outpatient mental health benefits?", “Do I have a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible for outpatient mental health services?”, and “Are there any limits or authorizations required?”
Your exact coverage and the amount you will owe cannot be confirmed until a claim has been filed and processed by your insurance provider. Please note that not all services may be covered by insurance. This includes, but is not limited to, wellness workshops, and music therapy.
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