If you enjoy the creative process and sometimes can’t find the words to express what you’re feeling, Art Therapy may be a fit for you. Art Therapy combines the creative process with applied psychological theory to help you heal and move forward, and it’s available at LifeStance Health in both individual and group settings.

What specific concerns does art therapy address?

Art therapy helps children, adolescents, and adults improve self-esteem, manage addictions, relieve symptoms of depression, and more. It can be especially helpful for individuals who:

  • Survived trauma, including rape and domestic abuse victims
  • Are coping with PTSD, including combat veterans
  • Have an adverse physical health condition
  • Are living with a high level of emotional, social, or educational impairment
  • Are coping with hallucinations or other symptoms associated with a psychotic disorder

What happens during a session?

There are numerous ways to apply creative therapy techniques through various mediums. For example, a client can draw a picture of an event or emotion and then discuss the finished piece with their therapist. Art therapists are trained to interpret non-verbal symbols that are expressed in the drawing and can use those symbols to help the client gain insight.

How can art therapy benefit you?

You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from Art Therapy. The creative process may help you achieve numerous treatment and personal goals such as exploring feelings, reconciling conflicts, improving self-awareness, managing behavior, and enhancing social skills. The benefit is in the process, not the skill, and making art is a healthy avenue for self-expression because it bypasses the kind of defensive thinking that may get expressed in verbal therapy.

For more information on how Art Therapy can help you express yourself, contact LifeStance Health today.