In this page we discuss Art Therapy and adult therapy. If you are interested in doing talk-therapy, please also see the Counseling Page.
- Anxiety and Depression: Through Art Therapy, you will learn how to handle your emotions efficiently. Various tactile media and expressive activities will help you to calm down and gain energy to cope with daily stress. Art Therapy is an effective treatment for depression. Couple-based therapy for depression is available upon request. See also the depression page.
- Life Transition: Art Therapy helps you to externalize and visualize your difficulties caused by life transitions such as divorce, separation from your loved ones, losing a job, moving to a new place, stages of grief, etc. By viewing your difficulties objectively, you can work to create solutions for your challenges and balance all aspects of life.
- Chronic Illness: You may often focus on your illness, instead of seeing yourself as a whole person. Art Therapy helps you to see positive aspects of your life and to discover the joy of creation and expression of yourself. Art Therapy is used as a part of cancer treatment. Art Therapy is also effective to cope with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
- Physical Challenges: Physical challenges caused by accidents or neurological illness are overwhelming. Loss of abilities and the sudden need to depend on others are tough issues to encompass. Art Therapy can provide you an opportunity of independence. Depending on individual difficulties, You will be provided appropriate media to create your expressive work.
- Loss and Grief: Although it is a part of our lives, losing loved ones is very difficult. In Art Therapy, you can create a memory book using old photos and any other objects that you can cut and paste. You create a one-of-a-kind memory book filled with photos, mementos, essays, and art work to represent a celebrated life.
- Aging: As we experience different stages of life (childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and senior stages), our lifestyles change as well as our general health. It is very important to take care of ourselves by eating right, exercising and keeping ourselves active while managing daily stress effectively and maintaining good mental health. In Art Therapy, you can identify your stress and work on how to balance all aspects of life and enjoy every day.
- Difficulty expressing yourself in Talk Therapy: You may have anxiety and worries but are not good at talking about yourself. You may not know why you feel anxious. Art Therapy will provide an opportunity to express your feelings and come up with solutions for your problem areas. Art Therapy is an alternative to talk-therapy and very effective with many of the same issues which are worked through in Counseling.
- Overwhelmed by Anger: You wonder why you are angry and cranky most of the time? Through Art Therapy, you can learn positive ways to express anger and increase life coping skills. Art Therapy anger groups are available as needed.
- Very Stressed: You may want to experience the calming aspects of Art Therapy. For example, touching natural clay is very relaxing and creating with clay helps you to regain a sense of control and accomplishment.
- Enjoy Creative Process: You may want to experience the creative process of Art Therapy by drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, working with clay all with a therapist’s support. This may give you time to focus on yourself and rejuvenate your mind and body. If you are an artist and feel stuck in your creating process, Art Therapy could help you to regain your energy for creation.
These examples are just a starting point. Schedule a consultation with Studio Mene and see how Art Therapy can help you.