...an integrative mental health profession that combines knowledge and understanding of human development and psychological theories and techniques with visual arts and the creative process to provide a unique approach for helping clients improve psychological health, cognitive abilities, and sensory-motor functions. Art therapists use art media, and often the verbal processing of produced imagery, to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Art therapy has the unique ability to unlock emotional expression by facilitating non-verbal communication. Art and art making are inherently perceptually and sensory based and involve the brain and the body in ways that verbal language does not. Art therapy provides an alternative means of communicating for those who cannot find the words to express anxiety, pain or emotions as a result of trauma, combat, physical abuse, loss of brain function, depression, and other debilitating health conditions.
At this moment Chelsea is still working towards receiving her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. She will be unable to facilitate art therapy sessions until receiving her license. If you are interested in seeking art therapy services check PsychologyToday to find a registered art therapist near you.
Below are a range of sample images from my personal therapeutic and academic work at Southwestern College. As you view them please be mindful, I hold these creations as sacred sharings from within my psyche. Each was created as a directive with more emphasis placed on the process making, rather than the final product.