What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that focuses on visual and metaphorical tools for healing emotional suffering. It is a way of externalizing the thoughts and feelings which cause pain. It is particularly useful for addressing issues in life that are hard to talk about—like grief, death, loss, trauma, hopes, dreams, and fears.

Art therapy is not necessarily about creating beautiful works of art. It is about attending to the poetry and metaphor of our life stories.

The very act of creation—of putting pencil to paper, hands to clay or papier-mâché—is a vital form of staking claim in one's life. Emotional and spiritual healing is intimately bound up with expressive healing.

With art therapy, I integrate my passion for healing, for story, for creation, for health, and for justice.