Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, drawing, clay, collage and even digital media such as photography and tablet technology. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship. Art therapy is not to be confused with regular art classes. While they both create art, art therapy involves working with a registered or board-certified art therapist who guides you through the creative process while exploring how it relates to your emotional process.
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Ellaine has been an art therapist for 27 years offering individual and group therapy, as well as a wide variety of workshops and retreats. She is a masters level clinician, who also incorporates all of the creative arts therapies - music, movement, drama, breath work, and mindfulness into her work with clients. Working with individuals and groups to facilitate healing and self knowledge has been Ellaine’s passion and service in this world.