The Art Therapy Nest is a compassionate community space for healing and creativity. The Art Therapy Nest offers individual and group psychotherapy on a sliding scale basis, allowing nurturing support to be accessable to all. The Art Therapy Nest integrates expressive therapies; movement, music and art with traditional talk therapy and meditation. It’s a space to host enriching workshops and a home base for community outreach initiatives.

 

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a specialized form of psychotherapy in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.

During individual and/or group sessions art therapists support their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Like more traditional talk therapy, it involves forming a professional relationship with a therapist based in non-judgment and compassion. Rather than giving you specific advice, a creative arts therapist serves as an empathic listener and observer who offer guidance in a variety of challenges including; mental illness, trauma, loss, substance abuse and eating disorders. Through the creative process and reflecting on the artwork, clients can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences while also enjoying the inherent benefits of creativity. Through both verbal and non-verbal means, Art Therapy promotes self-discovery, acting as a mirror to the body, mind and spirit, increasing insight to your inner emotions, memories and experiences.