Sarah is proficient in art therapy and utilizes the use of art therapy with many of her clients. Art therapy is a most effective type of therapy as it can address the body, mind, and spirit simultaneously. Art therapy can be instrumental in promoting uncensored creative authenticity, in gaining a better understanding of our behavior both past and present, and in helping us face the unknown.
Based on the belief that when words are not enough, we can turn images, symbols, and other artistic means to express our truths more fully and openly. In telling our stories through art, we find a direct path to emotional and transformation...giving art therapy the potential to change lives in profound ways.
COMMON ART THERAPY QUESTIONS:
Do I need to be an artist to try out art therapy?
YOU DO NOT NEED ANY ARTISTIC SKILLS or EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE IN ART THERAPY. Art therapy is often considered a "back door" that allows for the ultimate freedom in expression... it is more about getting to the heart of a matter artistically, than it will ever be about making a work of art that is aesthetically pleasing. Remember that people all over the world have been creating art since the beginning of time in order to make sense of the world around them, to heal, to celebrate, to create ritual or closure, and to express themselves on a soul level. It makes sense that it is still considered a vital resource in terms of self work.
Can't I ONLY just talk out my problems to get at the really deep stuff?
While most art therapy sessions combine the use of art and traditional talk therapy, current research in the study of the human brain consistently points to non-verbal modalities, as being stronger ways of accessing material that may be too traumatic or painful to talk through, or even think about without excessive distress. Making art is a way of introducing an additional kind of communication that often illuminates a different aspect of one's experience, allowing for deeper understanding.
Why see an art therapist when I can take art classes, or make art on my own?
While clients find that they are able to develop a sense of mastery of art materials if they take art classes, they do not have the expertise to use their art making skills to resolve conflicts and inhibitions. Art therapy works in the service of gaining new perspective and solutions to deeply ingrained old as well as new issues, as an art therapist is trained to assist clients in finding meaning and understanding regarding overwhelming and confusing feelings, through the clients artistic forms.