“Often the hands will solve the mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” – Carl Jung
- A free consultation is offered to help you determine whether art therapy is a good fit. The consultation typically lasts 20 minutes.
- Individual Art Therapy sessions are available for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.
- Co-facilitated Art Therapy groups are co-lead by the art therapist and another of our talented therapists. These groups are typically covered by insurance.
- Open Studio Groups are offered for age-specific groups. In these groups, we focus on the inherent therapeutic benefits of making art in community. Sessions last 90 minutes. To see current offerings visits our groups and events page.
- Costume groups, talks, and events: Want to have a unique team building opportunity for your business, family or groups? Holly specializes in developing one of a kind art event to meet your organization’s unique needs. Contact our office with inquiries.
• Art-making is non-linear; you can express many issues, challenges and conflicts at the same time
• Art can make the hidden visible in an external and tangible way
• What cannot be said in words may be more easily expressed through art
• Can cause a reduction in heart rate and respiration
• Relieve stress and anxiety
• Boost social skills, self-reliance, and strengthens a sense of self
• Experiential; clients learn by doing, giving the opportunity for problem-solving
• Art is used as a safe outlet for difficult feelings
• Art-making can activate the whole brain and foster an integration of emotional, cognitive, and sensory processes
You will have the option to work with a wide variety of media including drawing material, paints, collage, clay, sculpture, found objects, fiber materials, and many more. You will be supported in selecting and using art media that best matches your needs.
Anyone is a good candidate for art therapy. Holly Garces has worked with clients aged 5 to 100. You do not need to have any formal art training, or even be able to draw a straight line. You only need to have an interest and willingness to “play” with color, line, shape, and image. Art therapy is not about creating a masterpiece. The goal is self-expression, with the emphasis on the creative process rather than on technique or skill.
The American Art Therapy Association defines Art Therapy as, “a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the Art Therapist, uses art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflict, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.” To learn more about art therapy, visit the American Art Therapy Association’s (AATA) website. www.Americanarttherapyassociation.org