Therapy services for Phoenix and surrounding areas.
Expressive Arts Therapy is an avenue of self exploration, discovery, and expression using the creative process in therapy, which helps to resolve conflicts, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and impulsivity, increase self-esteem/awareness, and alter the brain state to improve overall functioning. Art acts as a mirror of what is happening internally and becomes a reflection as well as a record of the therapeutic process. The benefits are beyond words in that the art can unearth what our protective ego attempts to hide and unconsciously directs our behavior. Neuroscience is now showing the incredible power of materials to assist in ameliorating symptoms and support health and well-being. Our clients enjoy a variety of mediums and approaches including creative writing, collage, paint, clay, drawing, nature activities, music and lyric analysis, psychodrama, and more. No art experience necessary!
It is a common misconception that Art Therapy is for children only or just an individual. At Integrative Art Therapy we offer a safe, supportive environment for clients of all ages as we have a team of Art Therapists and other helping professionals with expressive arts expertise to custom tailor your treatment to match your specific goals. Whether you are looking for family therapy, individual, group, or couples sessions, we treat each case as an art form to be collaboratively crafted to meet your needs.
Through the creative process and support of our skillful staff, you are able to share your story, let go of self-defeating patterns, and embrace healthier choices that support authenticity. Art offers a powerful, non-verbal way for you or your loved one to show themselves and enhances the therapeutic relationship. The art acts as a safe holding environment that encourages the risk of being seen, known, and accepted in an alternative way.
Regardless of age, gender, background or individual versus group, family, or couples, art is a powerful tool in the healing process. Art can speak in colors, shapes, and images beyond the limitations of our spoken language. Art Therapy is on a continuum with Art Psychotherapy on one end and Art-as-Therapy on the other. We meet clients where they are when words are not enough to unravel communication patterns and shift self-defeating behaviors.
As trained therapists, we use a variety of media and expressive arts along with traditional therapeutic frameworks to verbally process through metaphor, symbolism, and the voice of each art piece. Such training allows us to make prescriptive interventions with the materials to assist healing on both the verbal and nonverbal levels. Ultimately, we meet the mental, spiritual, and behavioral health needs of the greater Phoenix community through whatever creative means necessary because of our dedicated passion for overall wellbeing. We know that there is not a one size fits all formula for addressing the individual traumas of a lifetime, but rather trust the creative process and the therapeutic relationship to guide us where is needed. Deep down, you have the answers within you but deep healing occurs within a relational context.
Our diverse team works with individuals of all ages as well as families, groups, and community organizations. If you are seeking to improve the mental, emotional, physical and/or spiritual well-being for yourself, a loved one, or your clients using the power of art and the creative process, we can help! We love nothing more than supporting those who are ready to move beyond dissatisfaction and unmet potential for a more satisfying life with greater fulfillment. We specialize in, but are not limited to, the treatment of the following:
- Body Image
- Chemical Dependency
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Disordered Eating
- Family Dynamics
- Self Esteem
- Substance Abuse
Both individual and group services are available where you can freely express yourself. We will sit, laugh, walk, draw, paint, sculpt, build, and/or move together in whatever way is needed to help you go beyond self-limiting beliefs and behaviors that are preventing you from living a life of balance and authenticity. For more information and a free consultation to explore what we can achieve together, please call 480-360-5484 or send a message from our contact page. We are also available for hire to develop and run groups and/or workshops for outside organizations.