Art Therapy

pic 1Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the visual process of art to help improve and enhance a person's well-being. Art Therapy is beneficial to people of all ages.  Since art is a natural form of communication it is easier for some to express themselves visually rather than verbally. Art therapy is used to assess and treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, family and relationship conflicts, grief and loss, trauma and other social and emotional difficulties.


Art Therapists are mental health professionals specifically trained to use art with individuals of all ages who are stressed, in conflict or traumatized.  Art Therapists are qualified by and follow ethical standards of the American Art Therapy Association. (AATA).  The Art Therapy Credential Board grants registration and certification with those professionals who have completed a Master's level of training, plus post-graduate supervised experience.


Play Therapy
pic 2Play therapy is used mainly among children.  Children tend to express themselves and their inner issues through the metaphor of play, rather than verbally. This experiential way of therapy is a way to help a child to identify, understand and address their feelings or conflicts.  Through the guidance and structure in the therapy session, children can learn to master their conflicts and move toward healthy problem-solving skills.
Sand Therapy
pic 3Sandplay therapy uses sand to create a physical, symbolic model of an individual's personal and psychological infrastructure.  Using the sand in a tray with symbolic figures frees up the individual to express themselves in a non-invasive and secure manner. Sandplay is a process that requires the client to make a succession of sandtray scenes.  By creating this 3 dimensional picture, clients begin to achieve more insight into their issues and devise coping skills.