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How Do Art Therapists Work?

An art therapy studio provides an array of simple art materials for the client to choose from, including paint, clay, pastels, markers and colored pencils. Different media facilitate different types of emotional expression and effect one's sense of control over the process. Art therapists help clients choose the appropriate media to support their goals and encourage expression based on their goals, responses, and developmental level. 

Art work may be created spontaneously, or at times themes may be suggested by the art therapist. Clients are then encouraged to explore the created art work through verbal associations or through further creative activity. In addition to experience and training in traditional verbal counselling skills, art therapists are trained to help clients use their creative process to promote emotional, psychological, and interpersonal growth and healing. Art expression makes use of symbol, imagery, metaphor, shape, line, and color.

"Client-centered" art therapy means that the client or child chooses what they need to work on, and the type of material with which to express themselves. Art therapists listen and observe not only verbal, body language, and behavioral information, but also help clients to explore and understand their own imagery and art work and how it pertains to their life situation and any concerns or challenges they may have. 

Inner Imagery refers to one's internal visual perceptions, the imaginal realm of awake dreams and imagination, tuning into intuition in the form of images and symbols, the still small voice made visible, the language of the soul, of the inner self.  At Inner Imagery  clients are encouraged to discover their own intuitive wisdom and invited to express their unique visual language to deepen understanding, to grow, to heal, and experience life with more joy and awareness.  

Images and content 2000 - 2009 Robin Feldman