The creative and symbolic nature of art making invites a new experience of self-expression, affect regulation and tolerance, self-esteem and self-awareness, insight and perception, and a different mode of communication. Image gives voice to experience that verbal articulation cannot always offer. In utilizing art therapy, one will begin to create a visual language of their own. The image can serve as teacher, voice and container for clients as they explore the internal landscape of their experience.
As the client shares images of her reality, it creates a bridge of contact between therapist and client. This bridge permits a therapist to enter the clients world, thus allowing the client to be deeply seen and held in her experience.While I am excited to bring in the creative approach into session, most individuals prefer talk therapy over utilizing art. I will always meet you where you are at and honor your process. If art is not a part of that, this is perfectly okay. However, I welcome creativity and am excited to bring art into session!