At New Horizons CSH we offer twice-weekly art therapy sessions to all our clients in collaboration with Healing Harmonies – https://hhmusictherapy.com/art-therapy/.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a part of the burgeoning field of expressive art therapies, a family which also includes music, dance/movement, and drama therapy. Like these others, art therapy offers a fresh look at mental health and wellness. Its professionals use the art-making process to build, strengthen, resolve, and heal. Art therapy often operates within the larger wellness community; many art therapists practice within schools, hospitals, and clinics, working with teachers, doctors, and other counselors to achieve and individual’s wellness goals.
Who are art therapists?
Art therapists are licensed mental health professionals who have gone through significant training and education and have achieved a Master of Science in Art Therapy degree. In the United States, they achieve licensure through the American Art Therapy Association. Many go on to earn board certification and other complementary licensures in the fields of counseling, psychology, or education. While the art therapy community recognizes the intrinsic value of art making and encourages art-making outside of the therapeutic context, art therapy itself is defined by the presence of the art therapist professional who facilitates the therapeutic process through a deep and healing engagement with the art material.
Why choose art therapy?
Some reasons a client might seek out art therapy are:
- Improve cognitive function.
- Engage the senses (touch, smell, sight).
- Build self-esteem.
- Encourage self-reflection and self-awareness.
- Foster resilience, reduce stress.
- Strengthen social skills and build community.
- Resolve interpersonal conflicts.