“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:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
According to EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), EMDR is “a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma.”
Furthermore, EMDRIA states that EMDR differs from others therapeutic approaches. In that it, “does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Part of the therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.”
“EMDR addresses trauma-related symptoms by processing components of negative memories and associating them with more adaptive behaviors, emotions, and information,” according to NREPP SAMSHA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Comprehensive Effectiveness Research Series on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy.
There are eight phases of EMDR. These include history taking, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure and reevaluation.
- Helped me realize why I am depressed and sad
- Self-discovery, self-empowerment
- Help me understand who I am as a person
- Helped me process some emotional trauma
- Improve self-worth
- I came to terms with things
- To work through trauma instead of avoiding it
- Getting past feelings, I kept inside
- Helped me focus on doing good in the future
- Resolve some problems
- Moving on and becoming unstuck
- More control over strong emotions
- More self-acceptance and forgiveness
- Have distance from the trauma and look at it differently
- Forgive myself for the past
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