Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is your focus as an art therapist?
I specialize in working with children and adolescents to reduce anxiety and depression. I use evidence from current research on neuroscience combined with art tasks that make therapy enjoyable. Art therapy also helps to help improve cognitive functioning, such as attention, focus, sequencing (helps with memory), and reducing anxiety and reducing depression. I also focus on building self-esteem and confidence, which in turn helps facilitate growth in all other areas.
What is art therapy?
The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as “…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.”
What should I expect in an art therapy session?
When you attend your first session for art therapy we will discuss your goals, I will ask you to complete a few art tasks for assessment, and together we will work out a treatment plan. Experience in art is not a requirement. Art is a tool used to help reach your goals – you will find some art processes more interesting than others and some better able to express your feelings.
How do I know if art therapy is right for me?
Choosing to participate in any type of therapy is a big decision and a commitment to your overall well-being and the most important thing to remember is that you are investing in yourself and your future. It is important to research your options and choose what works best for you and your family. I will periodically host free or low cost open studio sessions to give you an opportunity to meet me, see the studio, and participate in some art tasks as a way to help you make the decision to attend private art therapy sessions. This is especially helpful for children in building a trusting relationship with someone new. These open studio sessions will be available to all ages, please check the website for updates and / or sign up on the mailing list to get the Mindful Art Center newsletter.