HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY
ART THERAPY IS A COLLABORATION OF ART-MAKING, COUNSELLING, AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Creating an opportunity to express and understand ourselves better, and to find ways to create more balance in our lives.
It is grounded in the belief that creative process and self-expression help us to have a clearer understanding of where we’re at right now …and to be able to imagine and make the changes that we’re looking for. Using creativity and expression to find balance, manage stress, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and the myriad of other un-eases that trip us up in our daily lives.
CREATIVITY BEGINS BEFORE WE HAVE ART MATERIALS IN OUR HANDS. It begins with personal and collective agency, with the decision(s) that we make to seek community, support, and space. It feels important to describe and recognize creativity as more than an art-related process, but also a way that we can live, imagine, understand, and create change in our lives.
NO EXPERIENCE WITH ART OR ART MATERIALS IS NEEDED.
The arts help us to maintain a balance between what science shows us (and that can often make us painfully aware of our flawed nature and chaotic environments) and what sustains us in our “survival of life’s journey” …art being something that “soothes us, supports us, and inspires us along the way”.
– Frances Kaplan: Art, Science and Art Therapy
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