Our mission is to offer Art Therapy and psychotherapy services to all ages, engaging people in the creative process to express themselves in a judgement-free space, while reflecting, healing, learning, and growing in order to live an enriched happier, fulfilling life.
Our philosophy and approach to Art Therapy embraces the creative process in all forms of media with an open heart, a focus on safety, the importance of building trust in the relationship, and patience. I believe that the human spirit is inspired and rejuvenated by nature. Within the Art Therapy approach, the act of creating combined with intentional reflection will yield self-discovery, enrichment, and personal growth. Art Therapy can be transformative for individuals, and for relationships. It is well known that people of all ages need and deserve a therapeutic approach that is designed to meet their own individuality. Sometimes, traditional approaches to wellness fall short of the intended goals, and adding a supplemental approach like Dance, Music, and Art Therapy can help one achieve their goals.
We are a vibrant and dynamic community of artists and art enthusiasts. Our goal is to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for anyone interested in exploring their creativity. Whether you're a seasoned artist or just starting out, we have something for you. Browse our classes and workshops, check out our events calendar, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to hear from you!
We offer workshops, trainings, and classes. Our facility has an art room for private parties of up to 10 people. Follow us on Instagram and check out our calendar page for upcoming events.
Art Therapy is a human service profession in which clients, facilitated by an art therapist, use the creative process and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art Therapy practice is grounded in the knowledge of human development, psychological theories, and counseling techniques. To become an Art Therapist one must attend an art therapy Master’s programs, and graduates must complete a significant number of post-graduate supervised clinical hours as an intern in order to become fully credentialed. For a more in depth description of what Art Therapy is see the ATCB definition by clicking here: https://www.atcb.org/Public/WhatIsArtTherapy
Educational and professional standards for the profession are established by the Art Therapy Credentials Board Inc., (ATCB), the American Art Therapy Association, Inc. (AATA), and individual state Professional Licensing Boards. Practitioners must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Art Therapy, be a member of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), and also be Registered, with a good-standing, with the Art Therapy credential through the Art Therapy Credentials Board Inc., (ATCB). Each state has unique requirements to practice in the professional field, and these should be considered when choosing a graduate school in order to fully understand the state specific requirements to practice. There are additional credentials an ATR can achieve such as; becoming Board Certified (ATR-BC) or offering supervision by completing requirements to become an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS) . As a client it is important to know the qualifications of anyone offering Art Therapy.
In New Hampshire: To practice as an Art Therapist, an individual must be Registered with AATA and maintain the ATR credential through the ATCB. On July 5th 2018, Governor Chris Sununu signed the Bill SB 535 offering title and practice protection for the Art Therapy Profession. To find a credentialed Art Therapist near you or in your state use this link below: https://www.atcb.org/Home/FindACredentialedArtTherapist
Art Therapists promote a creative experience, and integrate mental health and human services to support children, adolescents, adults, families and communities with applied psychological theories. This approach allows verbal and nonverbal communication through the creative work. Sessions facilitated by a professional Art Therapist can address different mental health needs, and also include benefits for improving self-esteem, managing chronic illness, and increasing self- awareness. Below are some examples of how Art Therapy can be useful.
Anxiety- The act of creating with a variety of art forms and materials can support the reduction of anxiety. Additional discussion in sessions can include types of creative activities specific to individual abilities, and lifestyle. Homework can include mapping the anxiety with creative approaches.
Stress- Different art approaches may include Kinesthetic movements with clay, cognitive considerations through collage work, or emotional awareness in body mapping and portraiture. With the help of an art therapist, one can gain more insight about their stress, and help define boundaries for themselves to manage the stress and feel more comfortable.
Depression- Integrating mindfulness skills into specific guided art directives, the Art Therapist can also incorporate thought and behavior models that will assist an individual in finding their own new perspectives and thinking styles to alleviate depressive symptoms.
Depression- A Blog on using art therapy to address depression symptoms.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- Online information about the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Bethesda Maryland assisting Veterans of the US Military.