What is Creative Arts Therapy?
Creative Arts Therapy Counseling
As a Creative Arts Therapist, I facilitate individual counseling sessions using talk therapy and a combination of holistic modalities (listed below) as vehicles for self-exploration and expression. Sessions are tailored to my client's current situation, mood, or symptom they may be experiencing in the moment.
Creative Arts Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process to improve mental health and wellness. The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as "a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness and achieve insight".
The focus is on your inner experience—your feelings, perceptions, and imagination. The emphasis is generally first on developing and expressing images that come from inside the person, rather than those he or she sees in the outside world.
Art Therapy accentuates strength and provides opportunities for self-reflection. No experience with art materials is required to believe in the positive power of the creative process and the resilience of the human spirit.
What do art therapy sessions at A Healing Balance look like?
Writing / Journaling
My goal is to help you move through your emotions, instead of becoming stuck in them. By practicing self-care and mindfulness we are able to increase self-awareness and be better equipped to solving problems and creating a sense of peace in our lives.
The key to stress management is experiencing your emotions fully and moving through them, rather than becoming stuck in them. The first step is to become aware of your emotions; the next step is to express them.