Overview of Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a Master’s level profession that is based on the idea that we all have a creative expression. It provides a non-threatening outlet for the non-verbal communication of thoughts and feelings. Through visual art and theories of counseling, the creative process can provide a channel for individuals to resolve conflicts while increasing self-esteem and self-awareness. The creation of art provides a visual history of the therapeutic process for both the client and the therapist.
Benefits of Art Therapy and Counseling
- Assists with behavioral concerns and provides an opportunity for self-exploration
- Increases growth developmentally and socially
- Provides a new form of language within a positive and supportive environment
- Increases self-esteem by learning how to enjoy the process of art making
- Develops imagination and assists with abstract thinking through the use of visual, concrete, and, hands-on directives, as well as free art choices
- Encourages the use and implementation of problem solving skills
- Kinesthetic approach through the use of art, increasing sensory awareness while providing adaptive tools to create art
- Art process establishes a new visual focus
- Improves hand-eye coordination, fine/gross motor movement, and cognitive development
- Assists with family relationships and daily challenges
Note: You do not have to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy. It is the process not the product.
Please call Pediatric Therapy and Learning Center at (337) 504-4244 for a free phone consultation. Sarah’s office hours are Monday: 8am-5pm, Tuesday: noon-5pm, and Wednesday: noon-5pm.