Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Gardening Therapy for
Unique Creative Care
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.” Click here for more info about art therapy.
Play Therapy is defined the by Association of 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. Click here to learn more about Play Therapy.
Gardening therapy can be beneficial in many ways. Here are a few. Looking after plants gives one a sense of responsibility. It allows anyone and everyone to be a nurturer. It keeps us connected to other living things. It helps us relax and let go. Working in nature releases happy hormones such as dopamine and serotonin and reduces stress hormones like cortisol. Being amongst plants and flowers reminds us to live in the present moment. Gardening reminds us of the cycle of life. Some aspects of gardening allow us to vent anger and aggression, while others allow us to feel in control. Click here to learn more about gardening therapy.