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Art Therapy

Alternative to Meds Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD
Art therapy can be an expression of someone’s psychology, and a great deal can be learned through the interpretation of one’s art.

While artists of all levels of proficiency keenly enjoy practicing their artistry, art therapy is of particular use to the resident who does not articulate themselves well in a traditional talk session. Art therapy also may provide an appreciation for the simple beauty that life has to offer in a way that is accessible at any time one chooses to express it. It is often our lack of creative outlet and even sheer boredom that leads us to fill that void with less healthy options such as drugs or ruminating mental patterns. Art therapy gives a place to focus that mental energy into a higher octave.

Art therapy provides a creative outlet that is invaluable during the process of healing.

art therapy for recoveryArt therapy uses the creative process of making art to enhance mental, emotional, and physical well-being. It is founded on the idea that the creative process of artistic self-expression assists people to develop interpersonal skills, resolve conflicts, manage behavior, increase self-esteem, decrease stress, and gain insight. Art therapy is therapeutic art-making with a professional facilitator and is particularly useful for individuals who have experienced trauma, illness, or challenges with living, and individuals who are seeking personal growth. By creating art and reflecting on the processes and products of art, individuals can increase their self-awareness, cope with symptoms, traumatic experiences, stress, increase cognitive abilities, and enjoy the affirming pleasure of creating art.

Art therapy can have substantial benefits throughout recovery.

Alternative to Meds Center programs includes the use of art and other therapy modalities (acupuncture, equine therapy, yoga, etc.) to give the client as broad a horizon of recovery options as possible. Some clients might resonate with one or another of these, but all can potentially benefit from a wide enough address to the problem.

To discuss these therapeutic facets of the program please call our helpful staff who will be happy to assist you in understanding what you may gain from participating in this treatment program.

Originally Published Jan 25, 2021 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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