Art Therapy

Art therapy, based on the idea that creative acts can be healing, is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of treatment. Through creating art and contemplating the art making process, a qualified Art Therapist can help clients of all ages to express emotions in a healthy way, cope with stress and traumatic experiences and to increase their self-awareness. Art therapy requires no previous art experience and can benefit individuals with mental health problems, learning disabilities, neurological conditions, or physical disabilities.

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Sometimes, words don't suffice. Or we tell ourselves the same stories over and over again, not allowing us to get unstuck from these old narratives. The power of image and of creative expression to get at the heart of a feeling or a problem is immense. If you think visually or are curious about new ways of approaching old problems, art therapy may be very effective for you.

I am a master\'s level art therapist from an American Art Therapy Association approved graduate program.

I utilize creativity therapy to help remove blocks that may be preventing you from being the best version of yourself. This kind of therapy is great for: *releasing unrecognized trauma *Dissolving emotional blocks *Healing old wounds *Building real awareness of identity

Images open a door into psyche and reveal more than words alone, often offering up their own solutions to a client's dilemma. As Mary Watkins writes, 'the image in its specificity lends us the imaginal background to each experience, thus raising the day world onto the plane of metaphorical meanings...[becoming] an eye through which one perceives and senses.'

As an art therapist, I believe we are all artists who deserve the pleasure of art making. I have used this modality in a variety of ways; helping people process grief and trauma externally, as a means to improve reality testing for individuals with psychosis, as a tool for depression and anxiety, and as a method to increase insight.

My professional training is in art therapy and I am a registered art therapist (ATR). Art therapy is about creating art in a therapeutic setting. The act of art making, as well as the art piece you create, will help you to explore and express yourself in a safe space. Creativity helps you tap-into and explore complex and overwhelming feelings and situations in a non-threatening way.

In my practice, the goal of art therapy is to use art and creativity to resolve emotional conflicts, self-sooth, reduce anxiety and depression, and help gain insight into emotions, thoughts, and actions. With families and couples, art therapy has been useful for developing better communication and teamwork skills.

I use art therapy to help clients to externalize their problems so that they can have different perspective on them and to use the right side of the brain instead of the left. Through use of the art clients gai insights into their bodies and the unconscious process that occurs within them.

I have a MA in Art Therapy from Marylhurst University. I have been practicing art therapy for nine years, and I have used this modality with children, adolescents and adults. I strive to offer a safe environment that fosters the development of unrealized creative potential, to increase self-awareness, explore feelings, and reconcile emotional conflicts. Art experience is not necessary.

Art therapy can be a vehicle , a catalyst which can propel you into accessing feelings and thoughts that may become blocked through our ability to intellectualize or suppress. Children, teens ,adults who want to ' uncover' new insights which can then- be discussed with the therapist--can propel you into deeper parts of yourself through the creative process. No art experience necessary!

I come from a family of artists, am a painter, children\'s book author and illustrator, but have chosen to use art work for self-expression and color therapy to keep the creative spirit alive, inspired and honored.

I have a master\'s degree in art therapy counseling, and have been a practicing professional since 1996. I have used this creative modality with children, adolescents, families and individual adults. I have received continued training and supervision in the field, and taught in the art therapy graduate program of Marylhurst University for 10 years.

I am a Master's Level Art Therapist. I utilize the expressive arts throughout the therapeutic process in addition to more traditional forms of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy.

I am a Registered Art Therapist and am skilled at adapting art therapy to a wide range of individual needs. You may find that art therapy helps you to communicate feelings, thoughts, or memories that are hard to express verbally. It frequently provides new, helpful perspectives on troubling issues. Like other approaches to therapy, it can be challenging and it can be fun.

Nature based art is part of every treatment plan we compile.

Just as dreams have always been explored in psychotherapy, art is the dream that we create in the day, with symbolic imagery. Together we will discover the meaning expressed through your symbolic imagery. Built into this process of creating and exploring arts symbolic meaning, with a therapist, you can find yourself at a safer distance from painful emotions, as a result of difficult life events.

I hold a Master\'s degree in Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. I spent my academic years studying the philosophies of creative processing through abstraction as well as queer historical narratives through a social justice lens.

Art therapy requires specialized training and certification. In January 2020 the art therapy license will go into place in Oregon and those promoting the use of art therapy MUST have the appropriate credentials. I graduated in 1999 with a masters and have my national board certification. Additionally, I teach adjunct in the art therapy program at Lewis & Clark.

My training focused upon symbolic and personal expression and expressive interpretation. I ask people who see me for depression particularly to engage in drawing dream images so that we may explore underlying feelings, thoughts, sensations, with the goal of embodying them and to learn. The process we engage in does not ask you to 'make art' but rather to bring to light that which is within you.

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