As adults, we generally don’t set aside much time for ourselves, and especially not for pursuits that allow us to be creative and artistic. As we get older, we use creativity more to solve day-to-day problems and less to just let go, let our imagination take over, and get inventive. Pretty soon, creativity disappears from our lives entirely. This decrease in creativity can diminish the quality of our mental well-being. Getting creative for as little as 15 minutes each day can increase our happiness factor, feelings of productivity, and even leave us feeling refreshed.
It’s no wonder art is used in the therapeutic process.
What is Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a therapeutic process most known for its benefits in helping children and adolescents connect with their emotions. What many don’t realize is that Art Therapy can benefit adults as well. From finger painting or making slime from scratch, to sculpting with clay, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Art Therapy. Best of all…no skill or talent is required to have a productive Art Therapy session.
How Art Therapy Works
Therapist-guided Art Therapy is a great way to boost creativity, work through emotional trauma, increase self-awareness, and reduce stress. Because language can lag behind a child’s cognitive development, Art Therapy allows children to express themselves through the creative process. Similarly, for adults, while we have the words to speak, we don’t always know how to interpret our thoughts or put words to our emotions and for some, past experiences may be too painful to talk about. This can all make sitting down for a traditional talk therapy difficult, intimidating, and even overwhelming. Art Therapy takes the mind off therapy for a moment, and this is where thoughts and emotions have an opportunity to expand and become clear.
Benefits of Art Therapy
Licensed mental health professionals utilize the therapeutic power of art to help patients reconnect with and express emotions non-verbally to overcome mental health turmoil, increase confidence and self-awareness, and improving social skills. We have found Art Therapy to effectively support those struggling with:
- Grief and Loss
- Communication and Expression
- Eating Disorders
- Divorce Transition
- Unresolved Childhood Trauma
- Family and Relationship issues
And much more.
Contact Creative Counseling Center
Finding the right therapist is crucial in treating mental health struggles. If traditional talk therapy feels uncomfortable for you or a family member, we invite you to learn more about Art Therapy at Creative Counseling Center. Simply complete the brief form below and a member of our team will contact you to learn about your concerns and determine if one of our Art Therapists would be suited to provide support. If our practice is not ideal for your family, we are happy to provide referrals to other providers in the Denver metro area. We look forward to connecting with you soon.