Art Therapy is the practice of integrating mental health service with art making that enriches the lives of individuals, couples, families, and communities through the creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psycho-therapeutic relationship. Art Therapy uses both directed and open-ended art making to encourage the creative process within a psycho-therapeutic relationship. An art therapist is a credentialed therapist who has specialized training to use intentional art media with open ended and structured directives. Art Therapists intentionally use specific media and art supplies to facilitate their sessions. Mosaic offers Art Therapy to the Tallahassee community.
Art Therapy is for anyone regardless of age or artistic skills. Art Therapy unlike traditional art classes, is more about the therapeutic process of creativity than the end art product. Art therapy can address anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional behavioral issues, identity, chronic stress and more. A trained Art Therapist can offer clients a different form of communication, which is often helpful in therapy where difficult emotional subjects are often topics for discussion. Art therapy can also be a great fit for a person looking to incorporate self expression and self care into thier therapy as it offers a creative way to stay grounded and present while processing difficult topics.
Did you know you that when an individual is making art, their stress levels can decrease, and it can even release chemicals in the brain associated with happiness like dopamine and serotonin? Art therapy is founded in the research that as we create and engage in hands on creation, our brain creates new pathways for learning and healing. Art offers a non threatening way to communicate our needs and emotions. Individuals can problem solve, and experiment safely in their art. Art Therapists are trained to offer a space for clients to create a sense of autonomy and develop new coping skills. Art therapy actually reaches clients in a way that traditional talk therapy falls short.
An Art Therapist is a credentialed clinician who receives specialized Master’s degree in art therapy. This specialized higher education helps them understand what art media to use and specific directives to prompt in art therapy sessions. Art Therapists learn how to utilize art making in a trauma informed and culturally inclusive way. A trained art therapist can facilitate an art therapy session with both direct or open ended art making to help clients process and grow. Art therapists are experts in helping clients of all ages overcome, grow and change through art making and creativity. Mosaic’s team of trained art therapists are providing quality art therapy services to Tallahassee and across Florida.
Have you ever used making or creating as a means for self expression? Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, grief or other big emotions? Do you enjoy working with your hands, being creative, and having a unique outlet? Have you experienced trauma, big life changes, or chronic stress? Art Therapy can give you an outlet for creativity as well as improve your mental health. Art Therapy is not just for kids! Art Therapy sessions can be scheduled for adults, teens, children. At Mosaic in Tallahassee, a typical art therapy session lasts for 50 minutes, occurring weekly, biweekly, or monthly. During an art therapy session, supplies are provided. Clients can seamlessly alternate from art therapy to more traditional forms of counseling if they would like to try something new without commitment.
At Mosaic, art therapy sessions are facilitated by a professional art therapist, during which clients engage in art making to explore and accomplish personal and relational treatment goals. Art Therapy can address a variety of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment, chronic stress, behavioral issues, identity, developmental delays, neurodivergent minds, and more. No art experience or skill is required, just a willingness to try!
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Below are some common myths about art therapy.
Art Therapy is for all ages! Art Therapy sessions use such a variety of creative media that a client of any age will benefit. While child clients might use simple art materials like markers, crayons, paint and construction paper. Art Therapy with older clients can include media such as mask making, clay, creating handmade journals, crocheting, painting and more! All age of clients are a good fit for art therapy as long as they are open to giving it a try!
Art Classes are about skill, mastering technique, and conveying a provocative message to the community at large. Art classes focus on creating beautiful art objects. Art Therapy is for anyone regardless of skill or talent. Art therapy values the creative expression process over mastering an art technique the “right way.” Art Therapy focuses more on what your art means to you than what symbolism it conveys to the art community at large. Art Therapy sessions are intentionally cultivated art making to help clients process, problem solve, heal and grow in their mental health.
When working with an art therapist specifically, you are working with a clinician who is trainined in which specific art media to use, what art directives to facilitate for your needs, and how to interpret the art. Art therapy is a specific mental health modality that requires specialized trainings, and supervision hours. To become a Registered Art Therapist, a clinician must first get a masters degree in the filed of art therapy, then it can take at least 2-3 years to become a credentialed Art Therapist. So while you can do art at home, which is therapeutic, engaging in art therapy with a trained art therapist can be transformational. Different from a trained talk therapist, art therapists are comfortable with diverse art media, so they will help clients make the most of their creativity and engage in specific art directives to meet their mental health goals.
Art therapy is for anyone regardless of skills, talent or training. If you don’t feel like a creative person, art therapy can help! Art therapists will create an environment that sparks creativity, and foster art exploration. Art Therapists are trained in a variety of media, so that they can help clients as they explore new art supplies for the first time. You don’t need to be an artist or a crafty person to enjoy and benefit from art therapy, just an open mind and a curiousity!
Art therapy includes many open ended art making or specific guided directives. Art Therapy sessions might include simple calming activities like watercolor painting, drawing, coloring, or even doodling. Art Therapy sessions might include complex exciting art activities like creating handmade paper, beading, embroidery, clay sculpting or mixed media. There are endless possibilities with creativity!
Art Therapy is a regulated and specialized niche in the mental health field . The American Art Therapy Association helps inform the research of art therapy and regulate the education around the art therapy field. Ensuring that art therapists are grounded in best practices.
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