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.

Bad Day Monster
Bad Day Monster

A child creates a physical version of what happens inside their body when they are having a "bad day."

Strength Tree
Strength Tree

Create a visual for your own inner strength. Write your achievements on the branches and your positive qualities on the roots.

Scratch Art Mantra
Scratch Art Mantra

Using scratch art paper to reveal the brilliant colors underneath, write a positive motivational mantra as a visual reminder.

Bad Day Monster
Bad Day Monster

A child creates a physical version of what happens inside their body when they are having a "bad day."

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Examples of Art Created From Therapeutic Directives

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  • Bad Day Monster
  • Strength Tree
  • Positive Mantra



All images created by the Colleen Jordan, LMHC as examples.

Collection of Materials
Collection of Materials

Beads, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, rocks, thread, string, wooden shapes, confetti shapes, googly-eyes, shells, mosaic tiles, tiny clothes pins, metal rings

Basket of Art Supplies
Basket of Art Supplies

Markers, oil pastels, fabric markers, crayons, glitter glue, Elmer's glue, tacky glue, glue sticks, Model Magic clay

Collection of Materials
Collection of Materials

Beads, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, rocks, thread, string, wooden shapes, confetti shapes, googly-eyes, shells, mosaic tiles, tiny clothes pins, metal rings

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Art Materials

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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.