Uncovering Trauma Through Art Therapy
Creative Care understands that no two clients are alike. Each and every person has their own set of challenges, their own journey to recovery, and their own perspective. Accordingly, we honor this individuality by creating personalized treatment plans for each client. With compassion, integrity, and spirituality, we assist clients in connecting the dots and improving their quality of life by integrating the impact of historical traumas, understanding intricate interpersonal dynamics, and identifying mental health difficulties. Furthermore, we strive to ensure a feeling of safety and security by ensuring every client’s voice is heard. One of the means by which we help our clients find their voice is art therapy, a powerful tool in the treatment of mental health.
New Avenues of Expression
Art therapy is particularly effective in the treatment of those who have experienced trauma. As we’ve pointed out in previous articles, trauma causes a disruption in the way we organize our inner lives. Essentially, it is an event that resists definition, and our minds will continue to come back to it until we find a way to express it. Art therapy offers alternative means to accomplish this. Music, painting, dance, and other forms of art all open new avenues by which we can release what we’ve been carrying for so long.
Finding Our Voice
It’s worth pointing out that art therapy is effective even when clients are untrained in the arts. In fact, these individuals may have an advantage over studied artists as they aren’t saddled with rules of form and technique. To clarify this point, let’s look at language. We communicate using everyday language, which follows rules of logic and form. Traumatic experience exists beyond these rules. Indeed, those of us with trauma in our histories have found that everyday language falls short when we try to express what has happened to us. However, if we try another, more artistic style of language – for example, poetry or automatic writing, where we’re free to create our own rules of logic, form, and expression – we may find the voice that has been eluding us.
Innovative, Creative Care
Of course, art therapy works best when it’s paired with other healing modalities. Creative Care’s treatment method centers on unearthing and understanding the core of each client’s experience. Once we uncover and express trauma, we can begin to process and learn to cope with it. Other approaches in an individualized treatment program may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Attachment-Based Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy
- Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness Interventions
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Psychological Testing and Diagnostic Testing
Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of men and women overcome their co-occurring disorders with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Our fully equipped staff includes a consulting psychiatrist, psychotherapists, registered nurses, and counselors. We work as a team to create your ideal recovery plan. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, start the recovery process today. Call Creative Care at 855-954-0762.