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The American Art Therapy Assocation defines art therapy as therapy facilitated by a professional art therapist, that effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”
American Association of Play Therapy defines play therapy as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
Gardening techniques can be employed to assist individuals learn new skills or regain those that are lost, help improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. Gardening therapy can help strengthen muscles and improve coordination, balance, and endurance as well as help people learn to work independently, problem solve, and follow directions.
Art therapy, play therapy, and gardening therapy
Do you have a child who has been impacted by recent changes in the home or other areas of their life?
Are they struggling to adjust to those changes?
Are you personally suffering with self-esteem issues? Stress or frustrations with work or your relationships?
Anxiety, depression, bullying, domestic violence, abuse and trauma are a sampling of the topics
that can be addressed in the therapy office.
Art, play, and gardening therapy use a variety of techniques to help address these issues and many others. Art therapy can utilize creative means of expression such as bookmaking, collage, poetry, painting, and drawing while play therapy can utilize sand tray, books and board games to help clients learn techniques to manage their anger, anxiety and other issues. Gardening therapy utilizes time in nature, work with edible and ornamental plants, and nature based imagery to support clients in their struggles.
Art therapy utilizes creativity and a variety of art materials to support children and adults to process their feelings and experiences. No art experience is required and it differs from art classes as there are no specific requirements or expectations for creative processing.
Play therapy is especially important for children as they communicate through play; it is also effective with teenagers and adults. Play can serve as a helpful way to build connection and attachment between children and caregivers as well.
Gardening therapy can support individuals of all ages to connect to the earth and engage in new sensory experiences. Watching the natural evolution of growth can be transformative.
Currently offering telehealth and in-person services in the St. Louis area following COVID-19 safety protocols. Conveniently located in Benton Park West near Highways 44 and 55.
Call 314-328-0808 for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if this is a good fit for you!