Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. – Definition from the American Association of ArtTherapy
Art Therapy can play a crucial role in helping a child, adolescent or adult to express what there is no word for.
Clients embrace the art-making process as they become active, and their creation becomes a concrete medium for sharing their insights and talking about their life. Through this process, they feel valued and accepted as they are. Art therapy opens the realm of possibilities and perspectives to answer a question, to look at an issue, to release an emotion, to find a new truth, to express the unsaid… Art therapy helps to move through difficulties, to find new ways of dealing with situations as they come up in day to day life. Art therapy is based on a client centred approach.
Transpersonal Art Therapy Services at Crisalida
Art Therapists at Crisalida work with children, adolescents and adults. Sessions are provided individually or in small groups. Art Therapy sessions facilitate and support a person to:
- Express feelings and emotions
- Increase self-esteem and confidence
- Clarify issues/concerns
- Develop imagination and creativity
- Develop general well-being (body/mind/spirit)
- Face cultural adaptation
- Face life changes and transitions
Group Therapy Sessions – see Group Therapy Services for details.