Adults can use art therapy to treat problems such as depression and anxiety. Help adults care for their feelings with help from a professional art therapist in this free video.
I'm Deb Shoemaker, and I'm an art therapist with Integrated Therapy Associates. And now, I'm going to present to you some information about some directives that I use in art therapy with adults. It's quite different from working with children. And it really, again, depends on the individual. In my private practice, most of the adults who come to see me want to come to art therapy. So, they have an interest in their creative side already. The adults that come to art therapy, of course, have adult issues, and those range from mood disorders like depression and anxiety to grief and loss, or anger, self-esteem issues and trauma, and so the artwork is just a really great bridge; a safe way to, to open up that dialog. I would spend a few minutes in the beginning of the session checking in on how things are going. I will say you know you were really talking about how you feel anxious at work this week. Why don't we use that topic to create your artwork around that. I usually say create an image on, you may have noticed I don't ever say draw a picture, hardly ever do I say that. I think that implies to people that I'm looking for something that looks like a house, a tree, a person. So, I say draw an image, and that's more open ended. The pictures emerge in the image that were connectors for that person, or what they were feeling, or helping them just process through. And it's getting that, those feelings out in two ways. One is they are verbalizing it, and then the artwork is helping them process those feelings and heal them. And that was some basic information about some directives that I use with adults in art therapy.