What is art therapy?
Art-making stimulates a different part of the brain than the language center focused on by traditional talk therapy. Images lead to a variety of insights and representations of the inner world. The best part, you don't have to consider yourself a talented artist to benefit from art therapy. The therapy focuses on the process, not the product.
Create a visual for your own inner strength. Write your achievements on the branches and your positive qualities on the roots.
Scratch Art Mantra
Using scratch art paper to reveal the brilliant colors underneath, write a positive motivational mantra as a visual reminder.
Examples of Art Created From Therapeutic Directives
- Bad Day Monster
- Strength Tree
- Positive Mantra
All images created by the Colleen Jordan, LMHC as examples.
Basket of Art Supplies
Markers, oil pastels, fabric markers, crayons, glitter glue, Elmer's glue, tacky glue, glue sticks, Model Magic clay
It is important to have a variety of materials available for the creative process. Materials with different textures, smells, and sizes evoke a variety of memories, associations, and emotions for different people. Art is not just drawing a 2D image on paper. Art can be: collage, sculpture, writing. movement, or any combination of creative expressions.