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The Impact of Art Therapy

April 29, 2013

The Impact of Art Therapy

On Friday, May 3rd, Skyland Trail is hosting the 16th Annual Arts in the Garden event.   This event celebrates Mental Health Month by giving consumers of mental health services an opportunity to display their talents. This free event is from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is open to the public.

Helen Goldberg, creative art therapist at Skyland Trail, explains the impact of art therapy, “I often hear people say they are not artsy or can’t draw. I believe as human beings we are all inherently creative; from the clothes we choose to wear, to how we style our hair, to cooking the evening meal. My job is to find each client’s medium of therapy and everyone’s is different. It may be free writing in a journal, crocheting, making jewelry, painting a picture or playing with clay. I try to bring many different art therapies to the table, and find which one is ‘the’ therapy for each client.”

Our art therapists engage clients in both process art and product art therapy sessions. In process art sessions, our clients are encouraged to express their inner feelings, thoughts, memories, and beliefs through art. In product art sessions, clients can exercise their creativity while working with ceramics, wood, paper, textiles and other media.

“Often times when clients first arrive at Skyland Trail, they are in a place where it’s often difficult, if not impossible to put words to what they are thinking, feeling, have experienced and still need to learn. The art room is a place where they can come and express themselves free of judgment and creatively vent - a place that is beyond words!”

Art therapy is part of our adjunctive therapies program which also includes music, horticulture, and recreation therapy. Charitable giving from the community makes these important programs possible.