Art Therapy

Art therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art-making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight. – American Art Therapy Association, 2010

Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults groups, and families to assess and treat the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and other mental and emotional problems and disorders
  • Substance abuse and other addictions
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Abuse and domestic violence
  • Social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
  • Trauma and loss
  • Physical, cognitive and neurological problems
  • Psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness.

Flathead Valley Art Therapy: Healing Through Expression