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Create a Life You’re Happy to Wake up to.
Anxiety and depression are not fun, but therapy can be!
Art therapy is a mental health profession in which you work with an art therapist (that would be me!) using art and the process of making art to improve your overall well-being. Art therapy can help you reduce anxiety and depression symptoms so you can be happier (isn’t that the main goal anyway?). Even though you are dealing with anxiety and / or depression, you can still have an enjoyable therapy experience.
Creating art is a powerful and healing process
Studies have shown that creating artwork, and even just viewing artwork, makes us feel better because it releases dopamine in our brain – dopamine is the neurotransmitter that gets released when we do something enjoyable – it’s basically a natural anti-depressant. Read more about that in this article by Jacque Wilson on CNN website:This is your brain on crafting.
Creating art helps with anxiety as well. There was study published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association that tested the hormone cortisol levels and if they would be affected by making art, (too much cortisol can cause impaired cognitive functioning, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, weight gain, and more) – in this study after 45 minutes of art making 75% of the participants cortisol levels were lower. You can read more in this article by Priscilla Frank on the Huffington Post: Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It.
All these studies prove that art is really good for us – emotionally and physically.
Art therapy is not about becoming an artist and prior knowledge of art and art materials is not necessary. Art therapy incorporates art, in addition, to talk therapy to get results. Together, we collaborate on setting goals to customize your art therapy experience.
“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.” ~ American Art Therapy Association