Art therapy is a powerful modality that helps people resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviors, reduce stress, and achieve personal insight.
The integration of art and therapy allows increased expression of emotions and access to
areas of the brain frequently impacted by traumatic experience. I am trained in the California style of art therapy that requires me to hold an additional license as a marriage and family therapist. This clinical approach means that tI draw on a wealth of psychology to inform my work.
Art Therapy does NOT require you to “be good at art”.
Art therapy is NOT “an art class”.
Artwork produced in therapy is completely private.
Is art therapy right for you?
While anyone can benefit from Art Therapy, it is especially helpful for;
Art is a non-threatening and familiar experience for children.
Art therapy allows children and adolescents to work within a “metaphoric” structure, frequently allowing healing to occur without immediate verbalization of painful topics.
Neurobiological research shows therapeutic imagery can “build a bridge” from the right side of the brain (where visual centers are located and where trauma is stored)
to the left side of the brain (where language is located), allowing processing of trauma through verbalization.