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 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.
How does art therapy work?
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)
Art Therapists are trained and credentialed mental health professionals. They are trained in both art and therapy. Art therapists are master-level clinicians who are guided by ethical standards and scope of practice. Their education and supervised training provides them with knowledge in human growth and development, psychological theories and practice, clinical practice, multicultural issues, and artistic skills and techniques.
Dandelion Therapeutic Art Center is a dedicated art therapy space, where art therapy is our sole focus. Our team is committed to developing, learning and advancing the practice of art therapy.
When should I seek art therapy?
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.
Art therapy can also be used to treat: Self-esteem/self-worth issues, identity issues, ADHD, anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts , self-harm, suicide ideation and mood disorders.
When should I seek art therapy for my child?
As a parent you are the most important advocate for your child and best know when your child is struggling. If you feel like your support isn’t enough at this moment, art therapy could be a source of 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 art therapy can be helpful.
Have additional questions?
If you are unsure about art therapy or the best path forward for you or your family, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss.