Art & Music therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, and music to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. Art & Music therapy are founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic & musical creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities. It is meant to help our clients explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, relieve stress, and improve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Art and Music Therapy
What is Art & Music Therapy?
How does Art & Music Therapy work?
Like any modality of treatment, you work with a therapist, in this case an art therapist, to get to the root of your issues. Art therapists are trained to understand the roles that color, texture, and various art media can play in the therapeutic process and how these tools can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings, and psychological disposition. When you have finished a piece of artwork, and sometimes while you are still working on it, the therapist will ask you questions about how the artistic process makes you feel, what was easy or difficult about creating your work, and what thoughts or memories you may have had while you were working.
Music Therapy can be a similar process where you work with one of our credentialed professionals who has completed an approved music therapy program. You work with them to create and then analyze a piece of music you’ve made in the same way you would with art therapy, or it can involve listening to or responding to a piece of music. Some therapists use a combined approach that involves both active and passive interactions with music. Both can be done with an individual or with a group.
How will Art & Music Therapy help heal my addiction?
Art & Music therapy help our clients understand what is happening in their unconscious, and what feelings or past trauma may have led to their current behavior. Creating art or music can also help with a patient’s focus and motivation. It can also potentially reveal a new talent or passion they may not have known before. By putting something healthy in your life to replace what normally would have been a substance, you can learn new ways to spend your time and express feelings in a healthy and fulfilling way.