Art therapy uses the creative process of art making to both improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage their behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Play therapy is a form of therapy that allows for the expression of thoughts, feelings, concerns through the therapeutic use of play. This therapy provides a safe and supportive environment that allows for the open communication about and processing of circumstances that are scary or overwhelming to the individual. It is particularly effective with those who cannot or who do not want to talk about their problems.
Sand Tray Therapy
Sand tray therapy is a form of therapy characterized by the use of sand, water, miniature figures, and objects in the creation of images within the safe and supportive space of the therapeutic relationship and the sand tray. The completed sand tray is representative of thoughts, feelings, and emotions that the client may have trouble expressing, or may not be aware of. Through the processing of these thoughts, feelings, and emotions, the individual is given the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and develop coping skills.