Art therapy info for Seasons’ philosophy
Seasons Grief Center offers art therapy to children, adolescents, families and groups. Art therapy allows people to express what is inside them without having to find the right words for it. No art skill or experience is required and there is no pressure to make ‘good’ or ‘pretty’ art. The trained Art Therapist gently puts people at ease by offering materials, guidance, and an accepting atmosphere to help people to express themselves. Mistakes and messes are welcome!
Art therapy can be the treatment of choice for young people (since it can feel easier and more fun than just talking), trauma survivors (since trauma is stored in the brain as imagery, and making art about it creates a certain containment of, and distance from, it), and other people who might struggle with ‘talk’ therapy due to cognitive, behavioral, or social impairments. At Seasons, it is what we offer all our child and adolescent clients first.
Art therapy at Seasons is person-centered, with a strong focus on cultural competency.
Also part of Seasons’ philosophy
We believe that we can help children/adolescents more effectively when the parent/guardians are receiving services also. Although this is not a requirement, we strongly encourage it so that 1) you can have a professional to consistently ask questions or discuss thoughts and feelings to, throughout your child/adolescent’s treatment, 2) you can learn extra skills and feel more competent in your caregiving during this challenging time, and 3) the positive changes and growth that you experience will no doubt benefit your child/adolescent also. Please note: even if you do not wish to receive concurrent services, we require you to come in at least once for an intake appointment before your child/adolescent receives individual services at Seasons.
Child and adolescent individual sessions
Parent/guardians are encouraged to come along to their child/adolescent’s first individual appointment with the Art Therapist. After that, the child/adolescent typically feels comfortable doing it on their own. You are welcome to drop them off, or to wait in our comfortable waiting room for them. At various times throughout treatment, either you, your child/adolescent, or the Art Therapist might request a family session if it is considered beneficial to treatment.
The session format varies according to your child/adolescents unique needs on any particular day. However, typically, it will involve a ‘check-in’, a time for creative expression, a time for reflection and processing, and a closing. We have a wide variety of art materials available, and your child/adolescent is welcome to keep all of the artwork that they make in sessions. Ongoing assessments are carefully made, with results directing the treatment. There is no set amount of sessions required, and ending treatment is ideally a decision that the child/adolescent, the therapist, and the parent/guardian make together.
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