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Art Therapy

Sometimes there are no words; just images. Some of us think in pictures, colors, and sensations or struggle to translate our inner workings into nouns and verbs. This is primarily because images come from the right hemisphere of our brain and language is on the left side. The "bridge" between our hemispheres (known as the corpus callosum) allows for integration of the right/left brain processes. Unless one has serious brain damage, we all have this "bridge". Nevertheless, while some of us prefer the vehicle of verbal expression, others of us speak in in images, metaphor, movement, sound and color. Even if we're comfortable with words, visual aids are powerful in conveying and understanding ideas, concepts, feelings and experiences. Research shows that  traumatic memories are stored in the right hemisphere of our brain- where we do not have the language to process it.

Art therapy is an incredible tool to access the thoughts, experiences, memories, and visions that we just can't put into words. Sometimes getting the images out of our minds can be enough. Sometimes we will use the images to verbally process your experiences, feelings, thoughts, actions. Creating art is therapeutic: it can be relieving, joyful, painful, emotive, and ultimately lead to great insights. 

I am a Registered Art Therapist through the Art Therapy Credentials Board