abstract-g2bdac31e7_1920.png
Art Therapy, Painting

The brain stores an extraordinary amount of nonverbal memories that are difficult to articulate. These are often repressed memories in which are emotionally charged and can be expressed through the use of art. 

 

Art therapy uses art media to help clients express nonverbal or subconscious memories and thoughts. Art therapy exercises are used to facilitate expression in a safe and creative environment where there are no expectations to use your voice to communicate. It can relieve the pressure to find the correct words to describe an experience, complex emotions, themes, or abstraction by allowing the client to use their nonverbal psyche faculties for expression. It serves as a guide for the client and Art Therapist to delve into the deeper layers of the psyche with the safety net that nonverbal expression can afford.

Common issues that are resolved through Art Therapy include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Unstable Self-Image

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Social Anxiety

  • Adjustment Issues

Art Therapy sessions are not solely about creating expressive art. It is an adjunctive tool that will be used along with traditional Psychotherapy. Therefore, Art Therapy renders itself as a creative form of Psychotherapy and the traditional psychotherapeutic approaches such as CBT, Gestalt, Person-centered, Psychodynamic are applied.

Learn more about our Art Therapist, Christine Atkinson, LCAT on our About Us page.