Art Heals Lives
Art Therapy for Living
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a type of counseling where there is a safe and nonjudgmental space to process thoughts and emotions. Art therapy processes at deeper levels than traditional talk therapy. In art therapy, the client finds healing through creating. Many people feel it’s easier to show thoughts and feelings rather than explain them.
As an artist herself, Dr. Tara believes that art therapy can heal at a deeper level than traditional talk therapy. Art therapy is also helpful for people who are “talked out” in traditional therapy or who freeze up when face-to-face with a therapist.
Dr. Tara has been using art-based methods during her 27 years of practice and is now getting her post-master’s certificate at Edinboro University to become a certified art therapist. She is currently completing her supervised internship. Dr. Tara enjoys all kinds of art media, especially textile art.
Frequently Asked Questions
You do not have to be an artist or have an art background. Art therapy is about putting your thoughts and emotions into the art, not making a beautiful product.
Actually, I’m not good at drawing, either. I have many other types of media such as collage, painting, clay and textiles.
No. I will ask you about the themes in your art. Art therapy is about what your art means to you.
I work with ages seven and through adult.
Both kinds of art therapy sessions have benefits. Contact me if you have a preference of one over the other.
No. I have almost every kind of media available. Contact me if you have a preference.
Yes. Your art belongs to you.
Absolutely. Professional artists can still have difficult life events. Art therapy can be a safe place to process these emotions through a variety of media and materials.
Through my training to become an art therapist, I have studied theories of art intervention, graphic development, art assessment skills, use of art media, and art therapy research. Many therapists using art-based methods do not have this background.