Art Therapy in Miami
Art Therapy can help improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, build and improve social skills and improve emotional self expression
What is Art Therapy?
Benefits of Art Therapy for Children
What Happens During an Art Therapy Session?
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Introduction to Art Therapy
Art therapy is a mental health profession which involves the use of art making and the creative process to help improve cognitive and sensory-motor functions, build and improve social skills, promote self-esteem and improve emotional expression and self awareness.
Childrens art therapy is often confused with play therapy. While a play therapist may use some play based activities in their sessions when suitable, Art Therapy focuses on using art media to help children visually express emotions and communicate through creative expression.
Art Therapy allows children to communicate their thoughts and ideas visually and without using words. This makes it particularly helpful for treatment of children with varying mental health problems and language development issues.
Always Keep Progressing offers Art Therapy in Miami with our board certified art therapists offer a range of art therapy services and art therapy sessions from our clinic.
What happens during an Art Therapy session?
An art therapist will base the session on the childs needs, developmental level and goals and educational requirements. But can be broken into Structured Sessions, and Less Structured Sessions or Directive and Less Directive.
Directives are what we use as “activities” or “instructions” in an art therapy session. Art therapy directives serve as a way to explore or work on a particular goal that a client has in session. An art therapist often offers a directive as a way to help client express themselves through creating art and the art-making process allowing their artistic expression be the primary source of communication.
While the techniques and materials may look very similar, the structure changes depending on the needs of the child.
Structured session are often used for children that struggle following directions, boundaries, communication.
The therapist will have art material, creative activity and a directive selected prior to the session for your child to engage with upon arriving at the session.
Your child will engage with the art supplies and the art project to create art, as the therapist offers support, through verbal cues or “third hand”.
Third-hand: an art therapists way to show empathy, attunement and manual support for the child during their art-making process. For ex: if a child is demonstrating frustration or a lack of coping skills with a clay sculpture that is falling over, a therapist may assist them by holding up the figure.
After the session, your child and the art therapist will then work together to clean up the art materials, such as colored pencils, coloring books, or paints.
Less structured session are primarily used for children who are more independent, require more emotional expression, are more verbal and looking for increased social skills
- The therapist and child will select materials together if they are more independent.
- The therapist will often allow for your child to lead the session with regards to the art made.
- The therapist will offer support and encouragement to clients throughout the session.
- The therapist will approach your child with curiosity to discuss feelings, the art and build a relationship.
- Your child and therapist will discuss the session at the end while picking up the art materials.
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