"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”
- Georgia O'Keeffe
Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art Therapy, facilitated by a credentialed art therapist, effectively supports personal and relationship treatment goals, as well as community concerns. Art Therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional, resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.
Through integrative methods, art therapy engages in the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience, and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.