Art Therapy is a type of therapy that uses creativity to help improve and enhance your mental and emotional well-being. There are benefits from art therapy that include:
Do you feel like you're brain won't stop with many different thoughts all at once? Are you having trouble focusing on one task at a time?
If you suffer from depression, fear, and anxiety, it can be uncomfortable when we can't focus, or be in the present and we sometimes think that nobody understands because we can't talk about it. Art therapy can help you express those feelings using various mediums including paint, markers, pencil crayons, crayons, and clay.
We can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic events and sometimes feel hopeless that it won't get better. With a little understanding what your brain is going through and incorporating some art projects, there is good news! These symptoms can be overcome with a little work and an open mind to the process of art therapy.
I hear this alot by everyone when they come in to see me or make an appointment. Why do we feel that we can't do art anymore? When you were young, about 6 years old and you created a blue blob that you said was a dog, your parents put it on the fridge and gushed about the painting and complimented you about your blue dog! Jump ahead to age 14 and if you did the same thing, people would judge you and laugh saying that you can't draw. So we stop even if we enjoyed creating art. So, my point? It's ok ! You don't need to be an artist to do art therapy! That's the really good news ! The best part is that nobody is judging your art work or your "artistic talent". It's a safe environment for you to explore paint, colour, shapes and develop some coping skills to help with your overactive brain.
All you need to do is book an appointment through the link for the first introductory session. After you book your session, and create a profile, you can book on-line.
I will see you in the office at 106 North Street in Thunder Bay, or you can book an on-line session as well.
For the on-line sessions, you will need to have art supplies on hand or easy access to the materials. Markers, paper or paint is a good start.
You may even have fun doing it!
Being creative, we will find a way to make it work!
We will talk about what you want to achieve with art therapy, or in other words, your goals for art therapy. It can be as simple as building your self-esteem, or find some better coping skills, or learn ways to be mindful. You will do a simple art project or directive to get you started and go from there. The sessions are one hour long, and usually 12 sessions held weekly. We will talk about that in the first session. You may get some handouts to take home to reinforce some of the ideas we talk about, and to guide you on your journey to healing.
The focus is to help you heal, energize, and become aware of your inner strengths and your inner critic. Working with clay and other art materials, we will address your inner critic and give you some coping skills to help you navigate your symptoms. I find that people who experience depression and anxiety have a strong inner critic. When we change that, and give you skills to change that, people feel better and have higher self-esteem, using art projects and art therapy.
There is no pressure to continue with art therapy if you feel it is not right for you. That's okay! I promise to be there for you every step of your journey and my goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. I will help you by supplying other names of therapists for you! You reached out for help which is to be celebrated! So, I will help you moving forward.
Yes, I made up the word ! We know that life’s pressures seem to be increasing without alot of places to vent or transform the stressors of life.
Instead, we have had to become more knowledgeable, more vigilant and become our own advocates in just about every aspect of our lives, which includes our mental health.
Sometimes it feels as though we simply cannot keep up the pace or that we are not able to cope with the fast pace of life. Right now, it's especially hard.
The good news is that in general people are resilient and you WILL overcome these challenges, but sometimes we need a little help and need to find other ways to cope. Engage in an "artsperience" is a way to help by combining art with the experience of being grounded and present. So, what are you waiting for?
I know it's nerve wracking to ask for help or to take the leap, but everything is geared to you to help you explore your artistic side, and allow you the freedom to express yourself without judgement.
I am a provider for Green Shield and NIHB, and psychotherapy may be covered under your benefits plan. I would suggest you check first with them.
Engaging in the creative process may spark a new talent for art or just having fun with art materials! See you soon !
I'm Tammy or Tamara Reynolds. I've lived and worked in Thunder Bay all of my life. I love that we don't have to go far be in nature and use nature to help keep us grounded.
I feel I have alot of life experience to help you with your symptoms of anxiety, depression or PTSD. See you soon ! Book now for an appointment.
106 North Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 3K9, Canada
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday