“Art Therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship.
Art therapy uses simple art media to enhance a person’s level of self-expression. Utilized in conjunction with traditional verbal therapy, art therapy offers a visual “picture” of the problem or emotions being expressed. Art therapy can be an enjoyable and effective alternative to talk therapy. Art is simply another way of communicating during the therapy process. In fact, using art often accelerates getting to the heart of an issue because it can help you “go there” while maintaining a little bit of distance from the situation. That distance is more difficult to achieve when you have to talk directly about yourself. Whether we’re using art or not, the focus of our work is always on growing your strengths, building your resilience, and increasing your sense of empowerment.
Art therapists are master-level clinicians who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations. While many therapists use artistic exercises in conjunction with talk therapy, Rachelle Morrision with Parasol Wellness Collaborative is a registered Art Therapist.