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Art-Informed Group Therapy


 

Art-Informed Group Therapy

“Art is the highest form of hope. It enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. It speaks where words are unable to explain.”- Unknown

 

What is Art-informed Therapy?

The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) defines art therapy as "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” (AATA, 2021).

 

Why Try Art-informed Group Therapy?

Today, art therapy is widely practiced in numerous settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, adult-living centers, private practice, and other clinical community settings. During group sessions, art-informed therapists enable their clients’ inherent ability for art-making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression in individuals who have experienced illness, addictions, anxiety, attention disorders, grief and loss, depression, eating disorders, physical illness, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues and much more.

Art-informed Therapy engages multiple cognitive and sensorimotor functions and activates many areas of the brain making the therapy experience one that uses the body, mind, and spirit together to heal or strengthen the whole person. Art therapy also improves the mental health of people who are dealing with
Students will collectively share personal tools to increase self-regulation of emotions, decrease stress levels, reduce emotional reactivity, Increase self-awareness, and find greater insights.

Goals in Art-Informed therapy include:

  • Supporting ability to cope with personal changes
  • Providing an outlet for emotional self-expression
  • Reducing stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Increasing relaxation and meditation
  • Building confidence, self-esteem, and gratitude

Art therapy requires no prior knowledge of drawing or painting. Group sessions will often be messy, and paint may not come out of clothing. Clients may want to dress in comfortable clothing ( t-shirts and sweatpants or old jeans).

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