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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an expressive and psychodynamic form of therapy that incorporates various visual art modalities. Art therapy sessions focus on helping individuals access and process through their feelings in relation to emotional, mental, and sometimes physical challenges such as mental illness, general stress, chronic pain, physical illness, interpersonal conflict, behavior, self-esteem, and more.

During sessions, one can expect the flexibility of talk therapy and art-making in a therapeutic, supportive, empathetic, and judgment-free zone. It is important to note that previous experience in visual arts or artistic talent is not needed. As opposed to a structured art class, the artwork made in session is never graded or viewed from the perspective of professional quality, but rather the lens of self-reflection, growth, change, discovery, and healing.

One can also expect to be using various art materials and engaging in projects such as painting, drawing, clay, collage, yarn work, 3-D, digital, photography, beading, charcoal, stamping, pastels, fabric, mosaic, writing, and much more. For more information about art therapy services, please visit the American Art Therapy Association and New York State Education Department

Who I Work With:

I work with children, teens, and young adults to navigate how to process and work through various challenges such as:

- Anxiety

- Depression

- School-related issues

- Behavioral concerns

- Trauma

- Loss / Grief

- Conflict in relationships

- Navigating change

What if You're Not Interested in Art?

There is no expectation for clients to make artwork in sessions. I am licensed to practice both art therapy and talk-based psychotherapy as a creative arts therapist. This means that the dynamics of utilizing art-making and talk therapy can be formed around the client's comforts of treatment. I approach treatment with great flexibility as I understand that every client's therapy needs vary.

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