Art Therapy can help you with:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Chronic pain

  • Addictions

  • Anger

  • Self-esteem issues body image

  • Relational issues

  • Abuse issues

  • Stress

  • Eating issues

  • Or an issue unique to your own life experience

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a unique branch of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of art-making to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. Because art is a visual language, it accesses cognitive and emotional aspects of experiences in a different way than verbal language. Art provides many opportunities for insight, thereby creating more possibilities for healing and overcoming obstacles to personal growth. Art Therapy clients are able to deal with the same kinds of issues they would deal with in conventional talk therapies, however, they engage in the therapy by creating with art materials as well as talking with the art therapist. The proportion of art making to talking, and the precise way in which the two forms of communication are blended together for therapeutic effect, will vary according to the needs of the client and the presenting situation.

More information:

Creative Arts Therapies M.A. (Concordia U)

American Art Therapy Association

Ontario Art Therapy Association

Canadian Art Therapy Association

 

Who Can Benefit from Art Therapy?

The kinds of challenges art therapy can help with include life cycle issues, relationship and family problems, facing illness or loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, healing from abuse, trauma, and PTSD. Art therapy is for people with any degree of artistic ability (including none).

 

What to expect:

In the first sessions, your concerns and goals will be discussed, and you may participate in some art making. It could be a free drawing, painting, or sculpture, or the therapist may offer suggestions or themes. A plan for the therapy will be made within the first few sessions according to your needs.