ABOUT ART THERAPY

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This is the thrust of art therapy:  getting in touch with the unconscious and consciously letting the artwork and the art process speak to you.  The important outcome is not how finished a project is but what it says and means to you.  We all picked up crayons when we were young; then somewhere along the way we started coloring inside the lines and began to lose our sense of self.  

FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO CREATIVITY.  FIND YOUR WAY BACK TO YOUR BEING.

ART IS A WAY OF BEING.  GET IN TOUCH. 

Promoting wholeness and well being.  Assisted living residents paint memories and illustrations on old sheet music, sing songs and share their art as well as their hearts. 

Getting to know one's self.  A child at a domestic violence shelter looks at the mask she has decorated and says, "It needs something else.  It needs some tears." 

Using art materials to express from within.   A cancer survivor asks for black paper when making a mandala from tissue paper collage.  She rips with vigor and releases tears along with the anger and pain she feels after visiting an out of state relative who is in his final days of battling cancer. 

Giving voice to the art image.   A woman who has experienced abortion years ago makes a clay image of a child which she then  turns into a butterfly whose wings are shaped from four hearts.  The art experiential she says is a reminder of releasing her pain and her past. 

Discovering problems and solutions.  A teen paints a labyrinth on a bed sheet and talks about the transitions of moving to a new community, living in a shelter, and going to a different school.  

Experiencing the joy of art.   A developmentally disabled adult makes a puppet from a sponge and a paint stick.  As her art therapist, I make one, too, and our puppets dance.  No matter what the melody (the revelation), herein lies the healing of art therapy.

 

(Any art on this website, except pottery mug holding pencils on home page, is made by Anna.  This mug was created by a young family member and is a gift to Anna.   With respect for the protection of confidentiality as well as process,  no client art appears on this website.)