what is art therapy?
Art therapy is an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
who benefits from art therapy?
Art therapy is action-oriented and experience-based. This means you’ll be doing more than talking during our session. In general, art therapists work with individuals, couples, families and groups in lots of different settings (including hospitals, schools, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, community mental health clinics, wellness centers, forensic institutions, crisis centers, senior communities, veteran’s clinics, juvenile facilities, correctional institutions and other community facilities). I work with adolescents and adults, many of whom are struggling with anxiety and the effects of past trauma.
…but I can’t draw
This is not an art class. You won’t be judged, graded, or critiqued on your artwork. I’m not concerned about the accuracy or beauty of the work you make in session. My goal is to help you use the materials we have available to help you best express the idea or emotion you have in mind. Sometimes, we simply focus on color; sometimes, we use basic shapes to represent more complex forms. It’s about the process of art-making, not the final product.
what materials can I use?
I keep a variety of materials in stock: collage papers, magazines, various adhesives, watercolors, acrylic paints, finger paints, charcoal, crayons, chalk pastels, oil pastels, water-soluble oil pastels, sharpies, markers, colored pencils, air-dry clay, Sculpey clay, plaster, large mural paper, drawing and water color papers, adult coloring books, stencils, various painting tools and brushes, different sized containers, and a variety of craft supplies. I want you to have what you need when you need it, and of course, I’m here to offer guidance, suggestions, prompts, and directives to get you started.
How do I Schedule an Appointment?
Schedule your free 30 minute initial consultation.
Kara Ashley-Gilmore, LPCA