Flourish Psychology approaches your mental health treatment by trying to discover the most effective therapeutic technique for your specific emotional and psychological needs. We offer many approaches to therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), DBT, Gestalt, and more.
One of the approaches that make us a bit different is that some of our counselors are able to offer “art therapy.” Art therapy, as the name implies, involves engaging in artistic expression while working with and talking to your therapist about your emotions and responses.
It allows for sharing feelings, understanding conflicts – even problem solving – all under the care of a therapist that takes a proactive approach to using art to help you resolve your mood and mental health challenges.
“But I’m Not An Artist”
One of the most common responses we hear from others when we recommend art therapy is that they’re not an artist, and do not feel like they can do art in a way that will help with their recovery.
But art therapy isn’t about art. It’s about therapy. This is not an art class, and you are not going to sell your art when you’re done, and the quality of your art is not part of the discussion.
Your art therapist is a therapist, and you are using art for expression in ways that words frequently struggle to convey. Essentially, art therapy is not that different from other forms of therapy, like CBT (considered by many the gold standard of therapy), but instead of words, you’re using paint or other mediums to help you convey what words cannot.
It’s a process that is also extensively researched and has been shown to directly help with many conditions, including:
- Low Self-Esteem
Any condition that affects mood may respond well to art therapy in NYC because many mood-related conditions are also exacerbated by situations where the individual is unable to truly say or understand how they are thinking and feeling. Art gives them an outlet where words can’t, and – when guided by your art therapist – helps you to better understand yourself and your feelings.
Choosing a Treatment Method for Your Struggles
Art therapy may be one of the best ways to treat your mood related challenges. It also may not be. We want to meet you first and do our best to see you in a way that will help us understand what treatment and support will help you the most. Let’s start a conversation today. Book a call today, and let’s talk about what you need and how we can help you get to where you want to be.