Is Art Therapy for me?
As humans, we tend to be great with hiding behind and filtering our words. And oftentimes, we may not even have the words for what we are dealing with. Art Therapy allows us to move beyond words and allows us to go deeper, where we can unlock our issues and begin to grow.
We believe there is "no equation" to art or therapy. So, no art experience needed! We are here to guide you with materials, techniques and your goals. You just need to bring an open mind and a little bit of wonder.
We hope we can answer your questions below, and on the New Client FAQ page. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
What is art therapy?
Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. With the guidance of a credentialed art therapist, clients can "decode" the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues. (PsychologyToday.com)
When should I seek art therapy?
The stigma of “therapy” often holds people back from coming in. You don’t have to wait until something bad, traumatic or wrong happens to you to seek out art therapy. Art therapy can be used for growth, transformation, relaxation, healing and wellness of life. You might come to art therapy when you are feeling or noticing that you need a change in your life, stuck or stagnate, emotionally unbalanced (angry, sad, unsure, etc.) or dealing with the past affecting your current situation.
In art therapy, we move beyond words. As humans, we tend to be great with filtering our words, holding us back understanding and dealing with the root causes of our issues. Art and creativity allows us to go deeper, where we can unlock issues and begin to grow.
When should I seek art therapy for my child?
At Dandelion, we know that being a parent is no easy task and when it comes to thinking that your child may need extra support we get how challenging it can be. As a parent you are the most important advocate for your child and best know when your child is struggling. You may feel like your support isn’t enough right now and might need that extra support for your family.
Art therapy for your child can be extra emotional, social and academic support. Art therapy isn’t limited to these issues, however if your child is dealing with big emotions, unable to cope, struggling with peers, having a hard time dealing with a transition/life event, had a traumatic event happen or needs to just express themselves in a safe, nurturing way therapy might be helpful.