It can be difficult to open up to a complete stranger about your deepest and darkest emotions. Sometimes, we are taught to suppress our emotions and put on a blank face, even when experiencing inner turmoil. In art therapy, words are not always necessary. A mere lump of clay or a blank canvas can be far less threatening than giving voice to painful feelings, words, or images. The simple act of a scribble on paper can likely bring light to darkness, ignite conversation, or be a release for a depressing thought. Because something cannot be heard by the human ear does not mean that nothing is being said or revealed. Art therapy supports our process when words are not enough.
Why Would I Use Art Therapy?
As with most any therapy, art as therapy is generally used as a treatment for something – usually as a way to improve one’s emotional state or mental well-being. Expressive arts therapy doesn’t have to be used only as a treatment though. It can be used to relieve stress or tension, or it can be used as a mode of self-discovery. Many people can stand to use some sort of creative outlet.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. In art therapy more importance is given to the process rather than to the final art product. The art produced is respected as an extension of the individual who made it. This artistic process can help both children and adults to resolve issues and develop and manage their behaviour and feeling. Art making can help the individual to find a deeper understanding of oneself. I can also relieve stress and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Each of the Art Therapy courses offered include 10 sessions and each group has a maximum of 8 participants.
*Limits of confidentiality The therapist is bound to inform others if an individual is a risk of hurting self or others.
For the most part, anyone can use art therapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive arts therapy is yet another. One of the major differences between art therapy and other forms of communication is that most other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication. Often times, humans are incapable of expressing themselves within this limited range.
…Children who have experienced bullying, eating disturbances, self image issues or who struggle with their self esteem may be ideal candidates for this program. When the identity of the child is reflected in the painted image, it can make the self-image visible and accessible for dialogue, reflection, and change.
If application for the course is closed you may pre-register via the registration form below. All applicants will be notified with the upcoming course commencement
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