Have you stopped and really watched a kid play recently? Are you concerned about the way your child plays by themselves or with others? Kids want to have fun. And often the best way for them to express themselves is through play. And let's face it, we all like to play, or at least we should. You will find a well- hidden but comprehensive collection of toys in my office. And trust me, the kids find them immediately. This is also a great way to build rapport with kids who may be wary of the idea of coming to a stranger's office "to talk."
Sometimes you don't want to talk. Maybe that's not your style. Sometimes not feeling good about yourself or your life requires creativity.
Art Therapy can be described as the process of making art in a therapeutic setting, or as an at-home therapist-directed project, or as an intervention and part of the therapeutic process. Phew, that said a lot!
Art therapy with children is often a means to explore the inner worlds of those who may not have the words to express themselves verbally. The quality of artwork is not the issue, nor does one symbol or shape mean the same to everyone.
Remember, you don't need to be an "artist" to experience art therapy. We all possess creative potential, and frankly, those who consider themselves unartistic often create the most powerful and creative product. There are no mistakes in art therapy.
Isolated, irritable, withdrawn? Grades aren't what they used to be? Relationships falling apart?
If this sounds like your experience, it is time to talk about it.
Something needs to change.
Therapy can be an amazing and awesome experience where someone "gets" you.
Adolescents need a certain kind of therapist/counselor and many find it easy to connect with someone who really wants to get them. I hope you say to yourself, "Huh, I hadn't thought to look at this issue that way," and end up creating a happier and healthier path.
Oh, and I expect we will laugh together as you heal! It happens in my work all the time.
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