At Community Support Services, art therapy offers a creative outlet to express ideas that may be difficult to put into words.
Walking through the halls of Community Support Services, you will note many paintings, drawings, and other art completed by clients of the agency. In an effort to foster the creative spirit in the organization while also providing another avenue of treatment, Community Support Services began offering art therapy in 2015.
Art therapy uses the art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Art therapy may be offered in group and individual formats.
The overall aim of art therapists is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment.
Individual and Group Art Therapy is available.
“I’ve been in the art therapy group for 3 months now. I came here with no motivation due to lack of self confidence in completing a project. Another one of my issues is that I would rush to complete a project. As the weeks progressed, I started some challenging projects that I felt it was impossible to do. With the support of Lacy and the group I had the motivation to try a challenging project. As I completed more projects I began to build self-confidence and motivation to tackle any project. So now I feel that I have gained self-confidence through the art therapy group. I really think this is an awesome group and we need this at CSS.”