Art Therapists work with children to:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Work symbolically to express themselves
What is Art Therapy?
“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” (CATA)
Create Art and Feel Better! I believe that creating art can be an excellent way to calm down if upset or get a bad feeling out by putting it on to a page. Creating art can help you look at problems in a different way, imagine a better solution or ending, and generally feel better. I found it easier to create a visual for something that was bugging me than to talk about it. Getting these uncomfortable feelings out through a drawing or painting makes it easier to think and talk about the problem because there has been distance created by externalizing the problem.
Strong feelings are challenging for many individuals, particularly children, to identify and express. The use of art will help children to express feelings they cannot put into words. The artwork will then act as a starting point for dialogue that is tangible and easier for the child to reflect on. Creating is an enjoyable and natural experience for children and would assist the child’s ability to uncover feelings and cope better.
Benefits of using Art Therapy:
expressive | Art is an outward expression of energy, thoughts and feelings.
familiar | The process of creating art is a familiar one. Many of the tools are readily available and do not require initiating instructions to get started.
whimsical | Working creatively in a non-judgmental non-academic way allows for a joyful experience.
positive | Being creative can often be enjoyable which can positively shift moods.
externalizing | Creating artwork allows students to get out on paper issues that are challenging to express while providing a new perspective in which to reflect.
empowering | Finding success in the process, improving skills and appreciation of the finished product in an art-making experience works to strengthen individuals self-esteem.
concrete | The art products remain with the students as a positive reminder of their creativity and accomplishments.
mindful | Art making provides an opportunity to practice focus and encourages being present in the here and now.
Individual Art Therapy available at the Picasso's Garage Davisville Studio with Claire Nicholls, Professional Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Wondering if Art Therapy is right for your child? Please feel free to get in touch with questions or concerns.