"Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know." -Chödrön
Perhaps you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a comprehensive mental health service that integrates a creative approach to psychotherapy. Art Therapy enhances embodied experience through self-esteem and resilience building and reducing stress and cortisol levels. ATC identifies and dismantles obstacles through the development of self-awareness and self expression to create sustainable coping mechanisms. Learn more about ATC's clinical approach on our About page.
How is Art Therapy different from traditional talk therapy?
It is difficult to recognize let alone verbalize challenging emotions for a multitude of reasons ranging from the impact of traumatic experiences on the brain and nervous system to societal norms and cultural expectations. Where talk therapy often falls flat, Art Therapy addresses issues through integrative methods and engages the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. Kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic opportunities invite alternative modes of receptive and expressive communication, which can circumvent the limitations of language. Visual and symbolic expression gives voice to experience and empowers individual, communal, and societal transformation.
What are the benefits of Art Therapy?
Art Therapy builds self-understanding to increase emotional resilience and frustration tolerance. ATC's clinical approach aims to express and organize thoughts and feelings to process and assess behaviors in order to increase our capacity for joy, acknowledge challenges, and seek creative means to improve quality of life.