It’s time to restart my island art therapy website so that i can link it to my other agency psychotherapy website (which is also undergoing a make over at this time). Issue is.. i had JUST managed to understand mobileMe for Apple (which makes free websites for those of us that are low level computer geeks). Trouble is.. and let me BOO APPLE here… mobile me is expiring as a program and everything is moving over to the iCloud era. I’d embrace the change but you lose all your mobile me if you don’t UPGRADE your computer to the newer MORE EXPENSIVE ($50) system to then be able to install the iCloud program. BOO. I printed all of my website pages as a back up while I attempt to figure out what to do. This doesn’t feel like a creative project anymore. growl. (did I just talk about computers for a whole paragraoph?) pardon my vent.
Regadless of my emotions, it leaves me without ideas how to get around it or how to begin a new website. I have all the images I need and all the wording and links etc. ANY ADVICE FOR ME????? PRETTY PLEASE COMMENT BELOW. ~danke.
In the interim i have made another journal of What Is Art Therapy for my waiting rooms. Details soon.
For now, here’s some anonymous (consentually shared & mostly mine) artwork from my art therapy practice.
Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. Art therapy integrates the fields of human development, visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms), and the creative process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.
As a mental health profession, art therapy is employed in many clinical and other settings with diverse populations. Art therapy can be found in non-clinical settings, as well as in art studios and in creativity development workshops. Closely related in practice to marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors, U.S. art therapists are licensed under various titles, depending upon their individual qualifications and the type of licenses available in a given state. Art therapists may hold licenses as art therapists, creative arts therapists, marriage and family therapists, counselors of various types, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, occupational therapists, rehabilitation therapists or others. Art therapists may have received advanced degrees in art therapy or in a related field, such as psychology, in which case they then obtain post-master or post-doctorate certification as an art therapist. Art therapists work with populations of all ages and with a wide variety of disorders and diseases. Art therapists provide services to children, adolescents, and adults, whether as individuals, couples, families, or groups.
Using their evaluative and psychotherapy skills, art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives. They use the creative process to help their clients increase insight, cope with stress, work through traumaticexperiences, increase cognitive, memory and neurosensory abilities, improve interpersonal relationships and achieve greater self-fulfillment. Many art therapists draw upon images from resources such as ARAS (Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism) to incorporate historical art and symbols into their work with patients. Depending on the state, province, or country, the term “art therapist” may be reserved for those who are professionals trained in both art and therapy and hold a master or doctoral degree in art therapy or certification in art therapy, obtained after a graduate degree in a related field. Other professionals, such as mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, and play therapists combine art therapy methods with basic psychotherapeutic modalities in their treatment.Assessing elements in artwork can help therapists understand how well a client is in-taking information.
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