Women and Art Therapy
Art Therapy provides a safe place for women to express their creative energy. This energy is a wonderful resource frequently enabling women to resolve conflict whether it is derived from internal or external sources. When women purposefully and thoughtfully release and channel this creative energy they directly empower themselves to live fuller more vibrant lives.
Endorsements and Testimonials
“I never thought I could create anything, I would enjoy looking at! I didn’t see myself as creative. I used to say with some crazy pride, don’t ask me to draw. Thank you for the wonderful experience.” Third year LSU student.
“The art group was helpful and healing for me. I loved my first painting. I felt safe and not criticized. I really loved it. I know now I am a creative spirit.” Thirty nine year old mother of three..
“I really liked the way the group showed me how to do things. Nobody laughed. No one made me feel silly or foolish. I finally felt like I was on the right place to express my thoughts and feelings. Making art in therapy was a very empowering feeling.” Mother, wife, nontraditional student.
“I have had years of therapy, several admissions to mental institutions and 26 years in 12 step recovery. Nothing can compare to art therapy on Thursday night!” Employed single woman, professional nurse, recovering alcoholic and mother of two grown children.
“I pay for my daughter’s art therapy. I see it is helping her through a difficult time in her life. It is helping her get her life back after a bad marriage.” Concerned mother affirming her daughter’s recovery.
What is art therapy?
Art Therapy is a human service profession that offers a variety of specialized services for women to explore creative resources for the attainment of self-directed goals, increased well-being and improved quality of life.
Art Therapy utilizes traditional talk therapy and various types of non-verbal artistic expression. In art therapy sessions women of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials like acrylic paints, oil pastels, watercolors, clay, oil pastels, collage’, paper and pencils. The woman may use a single type of process or any combination of processes such as sculpting, painting, photo-therapy, printmaking, journal writing, collage’ and personal ritual for change, growth and focused development.
What is an art therapy session like?
During the initial interview, the woman will be asked to identify areas in which she would like to work. And she will identity the goals she would like to set for herself. Together the client and the therapist work to design a plan to be implemented during the course of therapy.
Examples of Goals Women Set for Themselves
- claiming personal power and personal authority
- developing the authentic self
- exploring and discovering unconscious materials through dream work
- honoring life transitions such as birth, menarche, menopause and death
- building and discovering strengths through assertiveness skills
- developing the self you were meant to be instead of what you were told to be
- identifying and managing anger though conflict resolution
- clarifying values and personal goals
- eliciting emotional expression
- discovering artistic skills; practicing and implementing these skills
- learning assertiveness and self-care
What type of training do art therapists receive?
Art therapy training involves completing a master’s level program and extensive post graduate supervised work with a variety of clients. The American Art Therapy Association (AATA) grants the title of ATR to all professional art therapists. AATA has a certification process where certified art therapists are given the initials ATR-BC. The initials ATR indicate that the person is a registered art therapist and the initials BC indicate that the person is board certified. AATA encourages all local professionals to affiliate with their local state chapters.
What is the next step?
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Art Therapy Initial Session for Women
1.5 - 4 hours
Art Therapy Follow up Session for Women
Art Therapy Family Session for Women