Art Therapy guides a person in the use art to promote well being and healing. Common art media used are drawing, painting, sculpting and collage, although other forms of art are also encouraged and welcomed. Sometimes the final art product is the medicine. Other times, it is the process of making the art which is healing. Ultimately, it is usually a combination of both which creates an empowering experience of discovering, expressing, knowing, and affirming oneself.
The counselor does not interpret or judge your artwork or art process, but rather is present to support, encourage and discover with you the vitality, truth and guidance that can be found in your art. Because most of us have been made to feel self-conscious about creating art and have been discouraged from our birthright to play and create in this way if we are “not an artist,” an art therapist can also help clients recover permission to create, to make art, and to heal using pencils, pens, markers, clay and paint. In art therapy, you are not creating for a gallery or an audience, you are creating for you.
Play therapy offer a special experience for children in which supported play creates an opportunity for children to understand, express, and transform their experiences. In a play therapy session, children are offered a variety of toys such as puppets, dolls, costumes and a sand tray with multiple miniature figurines for “telling stories in the sand.” A play therapist follows the child's lead in play and supports their exploration and expression, building trust over time by demonstrating a close attention, acceptance, and understanding of what the child is expressing. With an emphasis on the relationship between therapist and child, play therapy provides a unique place to share and discover what is most needed for growth at any time in a child’s life.
Play therapy is currently offered at Hearth for children ages 4-12. The child and therapist meet weekly for as long as it seems useful for the child. A typical course of play therapy is often 9-12 months.
Sand Tray is a psychotherapeutic modality that has been in use for nearly 100 years. It is regarded as a powerful and often revelatory way for people to depict the larger themes, potentials and conflicts of their lives using symbolic figurines in the containment of a tray of therapeutic sand. An open-ended prompt and a few follow-up questions guide the client in discovering the meaning and significance of their creation. The therapist offers encouragement to trust the process and acts as a compassionate witness, holding the client’s depiction of their world as a sacred reflection of their life.
You can schedule a sand tray therapy session as a stand-alone session for $75 of as part of a larger counseling series. Stand-alone sessions are 75 minutes.