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Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is more than creating artwork. It is the process of non-verbally looking deeper within yourself to find new creative ways to understand, enhance and live your life. Invigorate Life Counseling offers a specialization in art therapy as it can be a very effective way to give words, meaning, understanding, and healing to the non-verbal and quiet parts of ourselves in a safe environment. It works well in collaboration with your current form of therapy or as a stand-alone approach. 

How does Art Therapy work?

Art therapy is a therapeutic intervention that encourages people to express and understand their emotions with a trained therapist. Art expresses concepts that are difficult to express with words, and makes this process effective for people who have experienced all types of trauma.

There is abundant neuroscientific data that demonstrates the use of art therapy and how it significantly increases brain function and leads to increased flexibility within your environment. Art therapy helps the brain process information and develops healthy brain connections.

Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from art therapy! Art is a form of personal communication that is cross cultures, ages, abilities, genders, belief systems, sexualities, races and has no boundaries. Many people achieve beneficial results from the therapeutic nature of creative expression and uncovering.

Art therapy can be for anyone, including but not limited to people who are looking to strengthen and enhance their lives, gently process trauma, understand personal motivations, work on relationships, experience anxiety or depression, experience focus issues, or experience serious persistent mental illness.

Who can I see for Art Therapy?
Do I need any experience with art? What if I’m not very good at drawing?

No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be “good at art”. Everyone has intrinsic creativity built into their brain. There are many creative ways to process your thoughts and feelings. These can include crafts, watercolor, playing with clay, writing, storytelling, collage, and more. The focus of art therapy is not on the quality or artistic merit of the work you create, but rather on being able to freely express what you’re feeling or experiencing using art as the tool and identifying what it means to you.

I’m already an artist. How is this different from my artistic work?

Art therapy is different than the artwork made in private or to show. You will use your creative skills to support your emotional and mental health. As an artist you have a built in healing mechanism. You might have experienced this in your own art making process. With art therapy, you will dig deeper with a series of projects to learn more about yourself and promote self-healing.

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is more than creating artwork. It is the process of non-verbally looking deeper within yourself to find new creative ways to understand, enhance and live your life. Invigorate Life Counseling offers a specialization in art therapy as it can be a very effective way to give words, meaning, understanding, and healing to the non-verbal and quiet parts of ourselves in a safe environment. It works well in collaboration with your current form of therapy or as a stand-alone approach. 

How does Art Therapy work?

Art therapy is a therapeutic intervention that encourages people to express and understand their emotions with a trained therapist. Art expresses concepts that are difficult to express with words, and makes this process effective for people who have experienced all types of trauma.

There is abundant neuroscientific data that demonstrates the use of art therapy and how it significantly increases brain function and leads to increased flexibility within your environment. Art therapy helps the brain process information and develops healthy brain connections.

Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

Anyone can benefit from art therapy! Art is a form of personal communication that is cross cultures, ages, abilities, genders, belief systems, sexualities, races and has no boundaries. Many people achieve beneficial results from the therapeutic nature of creative expression and uncovering.

Art therapy can be for anyone, including but not limited to people who are looking to strengthen and enhance their lives, gently process trauma, understand personal motivations, work on relationships, experience anxiety or depression, experience focus issues, or experience serious persistent mental illness.

Who can I see for Art Therapy?
Do I need any experience with art? What if I’m not very good at drawing?

No experience is necessary, and you don’t need to be “good at art”. Everyone has intrinsic creativity built into their brain. There are many creative ways to process your thoughts and feelings. These can include crafts, watercolor, playing with clay, writing, storytelling, collage, and more. The focus of art therapy is not on the quality or artistic merit of the work you create, but rather on being able to freely express what you’re feeling or experiencing using art as the tool and identifying what it means to you.

I’m already an artist. How is this different from my artistic work?

Art therapy is different than the artwork made in private or to show. You will use your creative skills to support your emotional and mental health. As an artist you have a built in healing mechanism. You might have experienced this in your own art making process. With art therapy, you will dig deeper with a series of projects to learn more about yourself and promote self-healing.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

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