Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that combines art with psychology.
It is for everyone. Well, it is for the 90% of people who are willing to explore its possibilities.
A person entering art therapy need not have skills in art making, or ‘art as craft’ or ‘art as concept’. We make art, but not with the goal of fame or popularity (unless these are your goals, then we would explore that). The first place we enter is the senses. When we work from our senses, information arises from the marks that we make. Perhaps the ego speaks first with words like, ‘this is crap’. Hmmm what is crap? Let’s make more crap then. In psychotherapy this is sometimes called 'paradoxical intention'; we enter the thing that scares us the most.
Words can be limiting. Have you ever felt that you have intellectualized your problems enough and that it was time to heal the wounds from the level of the body? With words alone, we beat the horse, then we grind it and make sausages out of it. Is it time to put the horse back together, nurture and love the horse? Art therapy allows the body to speak – not just the over-used mind. From this outcome, we can have a conversation with the art and get into the essence of who we are, and not just who we ‘think’ we are. I never grow tired of the revelations that come out of this process!
The art therapy environment begins and ends with safety, where the outcome of therapeutic content is kept confidential, just as words spoken in psychotherapy are bound by confidentiality. The art therapy process is individualized for each person entering the space.
Format: Individuals or groups
For the treatment of: Trauma, depression, anxiety, historic sexual abuse, and most other 'dis-ease'
Addressing: Body, mind, spirit
I have experience and provide service to male and female individuals who are: