Play therapy provides an avenue for children to deal with problems in a natural and developmentally appropriate setting. The process of play offers children a safe place in which they can use their imagination and thoughts to face and cope with issues such as grief, abuse, or behavioral difficulties. The therapist uses special toys, sand, art, and structured games to encourage children to engage in therapy. Through the process of reflection, the therapist can offer children support and positive ways to cope with various circumstances.
Children who benefit from play therapy include those who have
- impulse control problems, ADHD, or unmanageable anger
- experienced loss or separation from a loved one
- problems related to anxiety and overwhelming sadness
- history of abuse and neglect
- special needs in the area of social skill development
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can become more aware of self and others; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Art therapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to other professionals.
Art therapists work with:
- People of all ages
We would be happy to provide art therapy for you!