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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy gives children the opportunity to engage in a creative process that allows them to express their feelings and explore an experience they may be struggling with. Art therapy, the companion to play therapy, gives children the opportunity to engage in a creative process that allows them to express their feelings and explore an experience they may be struggling with. Contact me to talk further about how art and play therapy could benefit your child.
 

If it is clear that this process will be helpful to a child as a result of an assessment, I provide the child with a unique, individualized art project designed to explore the specific situation the child is facing. Clay, sand, paint, paper, and images may all be used.

Examples of projects are: building and exploding volcanoes, making dioramas, designing individual dolls or puppets, and designing and making masks, pinatas, swords, shields, houses, secret gardens, or treasure boxes.

Creating something real and personally meaningful allows a child to experience themselves as resourceful, creative, and transformative. This allows a child to transform a painful situation into an expressive experience in a way that is very personal and meaningful.

Can your child benefit from Art and Play Therapy?

Children who are anxious or depressed are good candidates for art and play therapy. Additionally, any child who is having self esteem issues, struggling socially, struggling in school, is in a family going through a divorce, has had a traumatic experience, or is highly sensitive can benefit.

Children do not fully engage in abstract thinking or reasoning until approximately 11 years of age. Also, children are also not fully able to verbalize their feelings. Art and play therapy provide the symbolic processes that can allow a child to fully express and explore whatever stresses they are currently encountering.

Contact me to talk further about how art and play therapy could benefit your child. Return to Child Therapy

At my Santa Cruz office, conveniently located between downtown Santa Cruz and the Seabright area, I offer couples therapy and individual and family counseling and therapy. I also specialize in child therapy, including art and play therapy

Please call 831-423-7027 to schedule an appointment or discuss your specific needs.


The images on this site are from "The Lost Star" children's book I am currently writing, and were taken by Michael Strong.


 

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