Art making in a therapeutic environment, in my experience, has opened doors into client's feelings and thoughts faster than talk therapy ever could. If the session begins with draw or paint me a picture of what you are struggling this week, more is learned that simply asking "what would you like to work on today". Have you ever heard of the expression "a picture paints a thousand words".
I painted this many years ago. Can you imagine what I was feeling that day? I was feeling very alone.
Clients benefit from art making in therapy. The value is, first, the ability to visually express what they are thinking and feeling. The process and movement in art making can give a sense of relief. The art work becomes a third person in the therapy session and has a voice. In addition, the art work created becomes a visual journal of the healing process to look back on.
I have been using art my entire life as a way to express myself and heal from life's hardships. I am very excited to be able to share this experience with others. Are you ready to take the journey?