The Art Heals Approach to Healing
"A Person Centered one-on-one approach to therapy"
A non-authoritative approach that allows clients to take the lead in discussions so that, in the process, they can discover their own solutions. The therapist acts as a compassionate non-judgmental listener acknowledging the client's experience and validating their emotions. The therapist's role is to encourage, guide and support the client in their own self-discovery. Anyone who desires to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, build healthier interpersonal relationships, and a greater sense of trust in their decisions - may benefit from person centered therapy. This approach alone, or combined with other creative expression, can be helpful for those who are dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, stress, abuse, substance abuse or eating disorder recovery.
Everyone is unique and should be viewed as the expert of their experiences. The power to make positive intentional choices lies within our own hands. Person centered therapy is a movement away from the therapist’s traditional role -as an expert and leader- toward a process that allows clients to use their own understanding or their personal experiences as a platform for healing.
"Using Family Systems and Community Based Theories"
A form of psychotherapy that helps individuals resolve their problems in the context of their family units. Each family member works together with the others to better understand their group dynamic and how their individual actions affect each other as well as the whole family. Individual members have the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about how they were affected. Together, the family works together to help the individual in distress and to help relieve the strain on the family unit. One of the most important premises of this approach is that what happens to one family member happens to everyone in the family. Families in conflict, as well as couples and individuals with issues and concerns related to their families can benefit from family systems therapy. This treatment approach can be helpful for individuals with mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, personality disorders, addition, physical disabilities and food-related disorders.
Each family member has the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about how they were affected. Together, the family works together to help the individual in distress and to help relieve the strain on the family unit.
*Paraphrased from PsychologyToday.com
"Enhanced through the use of Art Therapy process techniques"
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship. Art Therapy, facilitated by a professional art therapist, effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.
Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individual values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as, individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.
Through integrative methods, art therapy engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.
*Paraphrased from AATA.com