Art Therapy Program

Art Therapy

“Through integrative methods, art therapy 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.” -American Art Therapy Association

Why we use Art Therapy:

  • Engagement – to the therapeutic process
  • Evaluation of client state – access present concerns and emotional state
  • Establish direction of therapy – set treatment goals and objectives
  • Track client progress – visual representation of gains made while in treatment
  • Increase communication – access areas of the brain that are non-verbal
  • Process trauma – lessen the distress and negative symptoms related to traumatic experiences

Group Art Therapy:

On the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus, group Art Therapy is offered. In this group, patients explore a variety of art materials and art expression. The patients may work on a project for one week, or a project may take several weeks. At times, projects are worked on independently in the group setting or the project may be a collaborative group effort.  Even though a patient’s knowledge, creativity and comfort with art materials may increase, the focus is not on the product, but rather the process of self-expression.

Individual Art Therapy:

On the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus, individual Art Therapy is offered. Individual sessions often start with an Art Therapy assessment allowing the patient to be introduced to the concept and goals of art therapy along with engaging him/her in the art making process.  Individual sessions allow for focused goals that are specific for each patient. These goals might include but are not limited to; identifying and expressing emotions, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, increased mood regulation, and trauma processing.

What patients are saying about Art Therapy:

Meet our Art Therapist:

Danielle Charboneau is the Art Therapist on the Kids Escaping Drugs Renaissance Campus. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Inclusive Education at SUNY Fredonia and went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Art Therapy at Edinboro University. She started working for the organization in January 2017. Prior to working full-time, she was an Art Therapy intern on the campus. Danielle has experience volunteering with a variety of organizations as well as being a foster family to many children growing up, all of which had an impact on her decision to go into the counseling field. Danielle is passionate about helping our adolescents explore art as a mode of self-expression and how it can be healing within their recovery.

Have questions regarding our Art Therapy Program?

For more information please contact:
(716) 827-9462