Children are drawn to engage their world in a very hands-on manner. Art Therapy, with it's bright colors and unique textures fuels that intrinsic spark of creativity that teaches us to see and think about things in new ways. A final product is not the goal here, rather, exploring the process of creation and the connection your child feels to their art. The experience and pleasure of creating often provides a sense of relief from the challenges that brought your child to counselling.
Even a reluctant child is able to explore, imagine, reshape their plans, and develop a new confidence in themselves when the pressure of specific expectations for a product are removed. Therapeutic Art accesses a unique aspect of our very humanity, encouraging your child to grow and practice their problem solving skills by extending their creative thinking abilities.
Art Therapy is:
Strengths Based Your child's strengths are naturally tapped during the processes of constructing, creating, changing, and reshaping each project.
Accessible Age, life experiences and artistic talent are not barriers to participation. All children are capable of creative expression.
Expressive Art Therapy creates opportunities to explore and express internal energy, providing and outlet for emotions.
Communicative Exploration of the creative process enhances verbal and nonverbal communication, internally and externally.
Empowering A safe, confidential environment that encourages and supports self expression while encouraging children to explore change without risk.
Positive Simply creating is often enjoyable, facilitating a positive shift in your child's mood.
Mindful The process of creating art requires your child to be present in the moment, focusing on here and now and improving personal recognition of the connection between body and emotion.
Playful There is a sense of playfulness in the art process. this perspective often encourages children to see things in a new light, reducing the uncomfortable sense of being 'stuck' in the same thought and behaviour patterns.