Art Therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy, facilitated by a trained Art Therapist, that combines the creative process of art making with the theories of psychology. Creating art can, in-and-of itself, be a form of self-expression and healing. But it can also be used as a tool to facilitate verbal communication and to help achieve therapeutic goals. A general goal in art therapy is to improve or restore an individual or family’s functioning as well as their sense of personal well-being. During art therapy, the focus is on the process as well as the metaphors and symbols within the finished product. Art therapy is about self-exploration and healing and not about making “good” art; therefore, prior experience is not necessary.

Why Art Therapy?
Some of us find it difficult to verbalize our thoughts, feelings and emotions. For example, we are too embarrassed; or we lack adequate language or cognitive skills; or we have been exposed to trauma that constricts our freedom to express ourselves verbally. Art therapy is an intervention that provides the opportunity for nonverbal expression and communication.

The art therapy environment provides a supportive venue in which to safely express and explore strong, sensitive or destructive feelings. Discussion about your artwork and the art making process can help both of us gain insight into your inner world. By visually expressing your feelings, even if you can’t identify or label your emotions, we will have a starting point from which to address your issues.

Who Would Benefit From Art Therapy?
Like other forms of psychotherapy, art therapy is for people of all ages who may be struggling with issues including, but not limited to: low self-esteem, anger, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, chronic illness, cognitive impairment, or developmental disabilities/delays. Art therapy is also for couples and families struggling with issues including, but not limited to: poor communication, difficulty with relationships, family stress, and trauma. Art therapy sessions can occur simultaneously with traditional therapy, for a limited time, or as a primary means of therapy.

Art therapy sessions are 45 minutes in length and are provided in our Williamsburg (757.564.3100) and Yorktown (757.598.2244) offices.  Williamsburg Art Therapy is provided by Danica Henrich, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT.  Yorktown Art Therapy is provided by Megan Alford, LPC, ATR-BC.

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