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."

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.