What is Art Therapy?

Meg Abbott is now providing art therapy services at Holistic Therapies & Consulting!

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a modality of treatment that allows clients to use art and the creative process to work towards their specific treatment goals and process their experience. Children, adolescents, and adults of all different populations and backgrounds can benefit from art therapy!

Who can benefit from art therapy?

Some common issues that people can seek art therapy treatment for include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • Social skills/developmental disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Special needs
  • Grief and loss
  • Women’s issues

Some of the many benefits of art therapy treatment include emotional expression, the development of healthy coping skills, the promotion of a positive sense of self, sensory stimulation, and more. The modality is not only an especially effective means of expression for children and adolescents, but can be a powerful experience for adults, helping clients express experiences that are often difficult to put into words.

What can you expect in your session?

Each client’s session will be a little bit different, based on the client’s unique needs and treatment goals. However…

Typically for child sessions, Meg primarily uses child-centered and narrative approaches in the practice of art therapy. Children are given a lot of choice in what they make and talk about with the belief that what they create is an expression of their unique experience of the world. Often children’s artwork and imagination is used to talk about their emotions and experience.

In adolescent sessions, they too are given a great amount of choice in what they create. Often, the first several sessions may just be art-making as a means of building rapport and trust until the adolescent feels comfortable enough to engage in the therapeutic relationship. Once they feel comfortable, Meg and the client will use the artwork to process their experience.

And in adult sessions, Meg incorporates many other theories of therapy, such as CBT, DBT, and client-centered approaches. It is Meg’s belief that the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative process in which the therapist and client work together to bring about positive change and wellness. Clients will have a discussion with Meg about their goals in therapy and what artistic mediums and processes she feels would be most beneficial to achieving those goals.