About Art Therapy
Art therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy that incorporates creative expression into the therapeutic process. An art therapist serves as a guide who helps you clarify issues, discover hopes and dreams, and explore feelings through verbal and non-verbal means. Art therapy benefits all ages and populations and provides a safe, effective, non-threatening way to express physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns. You do not need to be an artist to participate in art therapy.
Art therapy involves the creation of art and the discovery of its meaning to you personally. While processing your imagery, words come more easily into the mind and unconscious material pours quickly to the surface. Creating and processing our art gives us the capacity for profound insight, expanded vision, epiphany and revelation. We are able to see the subconscious energy creating our lives and begin to shift it. With our new awareness we are able to make positive changes in every area of our life and transform the world around us. With this improved understanding of patterns and beliefs that inform us on how we live our life, we can more effectively make shifts and resolve problems that are causing us distress.
Once we are more self-aware, we are able to realize our fullest potential and create the life that we have always imagined. While expressing our creativity we are able to tune into what we are feeling and build our trust within ourselves. With practice we can learn how to experience a heightened quality of life and how to develop wellness from within.
Creating art can heal us, inspire us, and alter our brain chemistry leaving us filled with happiness and love. Research in neuroscience shows that the structure and function of the human brain can be changed by thoughts and images cultivated in the mind. Images viewed in the mind’s eye have amazing lasting effects on the brain. Using creative expression to sustain focus on chosen images improves mental functioning, strengthens social interactions, and also facilitates physical healing.