Art Therapy Pros Services

 

Life, Family, Health, Career

 

No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, we are confident that  art therapy can help you reach you reach your goals

Individual Therapy

Individualized therapy at our office.  Get the most out of your art therapy with a 1:1 private session. We offer in person or virtual sessions. 

Group Therapy

Schedule your group art therapy sessions with family, friends, or others who are dealing with similar issues.  Or ask about current groups you may want to join.

Supervision

Join a supervision group and gain support from your peers and a seasoned therapist. Also offering hours toward your ATR certification. Ask us about scheduling now.

Our Areas of Speciality

Women in Transition

Life Transitions come with many challenges that we help women cope with. Common issues include Career choice/change, Adjustment to relocation, Grief, Divorce, Marital problems, Parenting challenges, Abuse, Relationship issues, Addiction. 

Caregiver stress

Living longer is a blessing and as the life expectancy rate rises many parents are living to advanced ages.  In addition, many children with disabilities are living at home and are dependent upon family members to care for their most basic needs. Caregivers often live lives filled with stress, feeling torn between their loved one and the other aspects of their own lives and relationships. We use Art Therapy to help the caregiver lower their anxiety levels and help them to identify their own needs and find ways to address them that is not at the expense of their loved one’s needs.

Coping with illness or disability

Chronic illness and disability take a huge toll on mood and ability to function physically and emotionally. We help individuals cope with negative feelings and let go of excess stress that makes life even more difficult. We work with people suffering from cancer, Lyme disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis, celiac, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sensory processing disorder,  cerebral palsy, amputees, and diabetes.

Depression

Millions of people in the United States suffer from clinical and milder forms of depression. Art therapy is an effective tool to help women who suffer from depression to identify triggers and feelings that make it worse and help form better habits and coping mechanisms.

Anxiety and Stress

Most of the modern world deals with a certain amount of anxiety and stress. When stress begins to interfere with daily functioning and fulfillment, art therapy combined with guided imagery and meditation can truly help.

Mental Illness

There are so many forms of mental illness and Art Therapy can be helpful to those suffering from many of the following types:

  • Dementia/traumatic brain injury
  • Autism/ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Eating disorders/poor relationship with food/control issues
  • Abuse/sexual abuse/ financial abuse/ technology abuse
  • Adjustment Disorders 
  • Personality Disorders
  • Clinical Depression

 

What Is Art Therapy?
Who is Art Therapy For?

Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

Why Choose Art Therapy?

Art therapy allows you to confront deep and sometimes unconscious feelings and fears in a safe, non-verbal way that enables you to come to terms with them gently at your own pace.

Traditional talk therapy requires a lot of work to break through resistance in the therapeutic process. Words can sometimes get in the way of true inner expression.  

How does Art Therapy bypass resistance?

Art therapy can often bypass that resistance by focusing on right brain creative intuition. Many times you may be surprised at what feelings arise and become manifest in your creation.  This information inspires the therapy sessions and enables you to reach your therapeutic goals through discussion with the therapist.

Do I need to be artistic to benefit fully?

You do not need any artistic ability to benefit from art therapy. Art is just the medium for self-expression and it’s the creative process that is important, not the final product.

How Does the Therapist Help?

The job of a successful therapist is to help you find symbolic meaning in the work or just use the process as a way of relaxing you and allowing access to right brain intuition that helps you discover and process deep feelings as they arise.

What techniques are typically used to help?

Depending on your needs, we will utilize a variety of Art Therapy techniques; we may also use guided imagery, stress reduction strategies, meditation and other supportive methods.

Treatment Approaches

Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness practices include developing awareness, attention, and recall. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. 

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development by looking at experiences from childhood to see how events have affected one’s life or might contribute to current concerns. It is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the issues being explored.

Psychodynamic Art Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy aims to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness – helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. Our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. 

Art Therapy

In art therapy, clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.

MEDIUMS WE WORK WITH

Painting and Drawing

Sculpture

Collage

Object (upcycling)

Still Have Questions?

Call: (516) 659-0403