Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses the creative process within the therapeutic relationship. Through creating and reflecting on both the imagery and the experience, clients increase awareness of self, cope with life stressors, reframe traumatic experiences, enhance problem-solving abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming, stress-reducing pleasures of creativity. Art therapy sessions are unique to each person. They generally begin with a check in, proceed to exploring the key issues presented using your choice of art media, and end by stepping back to reflect on what you see and feel. Clients often say “where did the time go” near the sessions end and recognize they’ve achieved a healthy state of flow through art-making. The process of making allows clients to discover what already exists within them. No prior experience is necessary, just the courage to be curious and explore.
The images below are examples of client work and are shown with their permission.