"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary." - Pablo Picasso
“The task of therapy is not to eliminate suffering but to give a voice to it, to find a form in which it can be expressed. Expression is itself transformation; this is the message that art brings. The therapist then would be an artist of the soul, working with sufferers to enable them to find the proper container for their pain, the form in which it would be embodied.” – Stephen K. Levine
Art Therapy is a mental health profession that integrates both traditional talk therapy and creative expression. Clients are led by a trained master’s-level art therapist & taught to use a range of art mediums, the creative process itself, the therapeutic bond with the clinician, and the final art product to explore emotions and internal conflict in a safe and contained environment.
People of all ages can benefit from Art Therapy. Art Therapy differs from an art class in the sense that there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of making art and you don’t have to be ‘good’ at art in order to benefit from this modality. In fact, research shows us that there are numerous healing properties found in art therapy as it improves one’s overall emotional wellbeing by activating the brain’s ‘feel good’ reward center, lowering cortisol stress levels, reducing anxiety, and stabilizing overwhelming emotional states because of the safe containment it offers.
Whether it be due to age and developmental level or if a child’s experienced any form of trauma, externalizing what are oftentimes difficult emotions for children to articulate verbally instead through art-making is effective in reducing distress, improving cognitive and sensory-motor functioning, fostering self-awareness & increasing self-esteem, cultivating emotional resilience, and developing a healthier means of communicating their internal reality with the outside world.
We are committed to providing high quality art therapy services & have a Board-Certified Art Therapist on staff who has received postgraduate training & worked both in the US and abroad. If you are interested in receiving or learning more about art therapy services, contact us to discuss availability and scheduling. For more information check out the American Art Therapy Association’s website or the resources listed below: