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According to the ‘What is Art Therapy?’ The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) describes it this way: “(a)rt therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.”
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practiced by qualified, registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Art therapy may be provided individually or in groups depending on clients’ needs. Although the sessions can be enjoyable, art therapy is much more than a recreational activity or an art lesson. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art. Clients who can use art therapy may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include, for example, emotional, behavioral or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness.
At the Cadenza Center, art therapy sessions engage the client in a creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being. We believe that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.
Call our offices at 954-925-3191 to schedule your session.