Art Therapy

Dr. Tara and Art Therapy

Dr. Tara has been using art-based methods for nearly 30 years in her practice and has a Post-Master’s Certificate in art therapy.  Art therapy can unlock powerful emotions related to depression, anxiety, trauma, grief or other buried feelings.  As an artist herself, Dr. Tara enjoys using all kinds of art media, especially collage and textile art. 

Art therapy accesses a different part of the brain than speech. Some thoughts and emotions cannot be easily explained.  Art therapy offers the client a way to show powerful emotions through images and symbols.  Art therapy is also good for people who are “talked out” from traditional therapy and want to try something different.

No.  Art therapy is about the process of creating and recognizing the thoughts and emotions that come up while creating art.  Art therapy is not art class.  It is about expressing yourself, not making a beautiful product.

Surprisingly, Dr. Tara can not draw either, but she has found the ability to express herself through other medias.  Even if you don’t think of yourself as an “artsy” person, you may find ideas for expressing your thoughts and emotions when you dive into her “creativity bag.”  This bag has things such as string, small boxes, bits of wood, small beads, pipe cleaners and glue.  You may also want to experiment with collage, painting, clay or textiles, or all of those combined. 

Art therapy is about what your art means to you.  It is not possible for anyone to analyze your art because the expression of your art is unique.  Instead, Dr. Tara might ask about the themes in your art or how you felt when you created your art.  

Most people think that art therapy is only for children, but many of Dr. Tara’s clients are adults who enjoy expressing themselves through art.

Dr. Tara uses art therapy with both individuals and groups. 

For in person sessions, Dr. Tara provides all of the materials.  You will need to provide your own materials for telehealth art therapy sessions, but all you need is paper and pencil and a willingness to express yourself through art.

Yes.  Your art belongs to you.

Absolutely.  Professional artists can still have difficult life events.  Dr. Tara can offer support needed for artists to process the emotions surrounding these experiences in a safe place. 

Many therapists use art but they don’t have formal art therapy training.  Art therapy training programs cover theories of art intervention, graphic development, art assessment skills, use of art media and art therapy research. Dr. Tara pursued a Post Master’s Certificate in art therapy and she completed a capstone project in art therapy entitled “Art Interventions for the Caregiver.”  Completing this program deepened her understanding of art therapy.