“Every Child Is An Artist”- Pablo Picasso
For most children and teens, art therapy is a natural form of expression. For children, art-making can far outweigh talking as one of the most primary and natural modes of communication. It is often through art that children make sense of the world around them. For teens, using lines, shapes and colors can be a safer way to express deep emotions and complex internal struggles. For children of all ages, the healing process of art therapy occurs within the same framework as traditional talk therapy, but without the limitation of verbal development or ability. Our art therapy sessions are facilitated by registered, board-certified Art Therapists who hold a Masters-level degree in Art Therapy. Our credentials are certified through the Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB) and we are active members of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Sage House clinicians also present annually at national conferences held throughout the United States. Our art therapists have vast knowledge and training in how to safely utilize art materials and tailor the art experience to best meet each child’s needs and therapeutic goals. Our therapists also manage the artwork created in sessions, making sure it is honored, as we believe it is an extension of our clients. To learn more about Art Therapy, please visit the AATA website or visit our blog.
We know that who you choose to entrust your child’s mental health is extremely important. And we feel privileged to earn your trust to work with your family. It may also feel overwhelming to place your child or teen into something new they have never tried before. For this reason, our art therapists work with you, your family and your child to find just the right approach. We value parental participation and view your participation in your child’s therapy as integral to the process. We work to include you in every step of the way while also balancing your child’s need for privacy and confidentiality during the therapy process. We also offer parental coaching, as needed, to give you with the tools and resources to help your child thrive, your family to find greater cohesion and to allow you to feel confident as a parent. Our goal is to partner with you and your child to bring about healing and lasting change. This means we listen to the concerns you and your child or teen bring to us and work together to create a plan.
Louder Than Words: Why Clients Choose Art Therapy Over Counseling Alone
Art Therapy is a dynamic, creative approach that can address the same concerns children and teens discuss during talk therapy session. Additionally, art making requires the use of art materials, which invites the child to engage multiple senses: the kinesthetic, the sensory, the perceptual and the symbolic. We know language alone cannot fully communicate all of the experiences and emotions we have. Studies show trauma can block our ability to create a linear timeline or cohesive story of an event. We often have flashbulb memories or fragmented pieces that float in our minds, but lack surrounding context and details. Art allows for the visual and symbolic expression of experiences. For the first, time clients are empowered with the ability to makes sense of what happened when words previously failed to express the depth and pain of the experience.
Art Therapists also work to help cultivate resilience, reduce distress, strengthen compassion & self-awareness, promote insight & understanding, enhance social skills & compassion, and resolve internal conflicts & relationship challenges. As opposed to traditional talk therapy which engages the linguistic, logical side of the brain, art therapy engages the parts of the brain dedicated to visual and sensory memories. Emotional content, memory and trauma are imprinted in these same parts which makes accessing them so important. By engaging the visual parts of the brain, we create a direct pathway to access traumatic memories and experiences. Clients who spend years in talk therapy find art therapy helps them finally understand and resolve even the most deeply-rooted issues.
Would you like to learn more about how art therapy can help support you? Visit the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) video library to see leading art therapists discuss the efficacy of art therapy in their clinical practices.
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