girlsoilpaintingArt therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to: Identify and explore feelings; Reconcile emotional conflicts; Foster self-awareness; Manage behavior and addictions; Develop social skills; Reduce anxiety; increase self-esteem.

A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. It also improves conflict resolution, interpersonal and social skills, management of problematic behaviors, reduction of negative stress, and achievement of personal insight.

Today art therapy is widely practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

Here at New Transitions, art therapy uses the client’s innate ability for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being within a safe, non-judgmental environment. To participate in art therapy, there is no need to have formal training or a background in art, just a desire to use creative self-expression to cope with challenges faced in and out of the therapeutic setting.

Art therapy benefits:

  • People with autism, depression, and other disorders
  • Persons experiencing developmental and social or psychological impairment
  • Those who have survived trauma
  • Individuals coping with grief and loss
  • Persons with adverse physical health conditions
  • Individuals who have not previously been successful in traditional talk therapy
  • People who prefer a more visual, non-verbal mode of communication

Contact us for more information on our therapy and groups sessions. We offer a Speedy Fast Quote™ for all our therapy options.