You do not need experience or skill to engage in art therapy. You only need to be willing to participate in a creative technique and be guided by your insightful therapist at Greenpoint Psychotherapy. Art therapy includes several innovative techniques that can help you express thoughts and emotions and improve your mental well-being. People living in New York City and the Greater New York metropolitan area can schedule art therapy through telehealth. Call the office in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn or request an appointment online today.

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What is art therapy?

Art therapy uses creative techniques to help clients identify, express, and resolve negative emotions and thoughts. The beauty of art therapy is that it frees people to explore negative or difficult feelings, even when they can’t do it through talk therapy.

Licensed art therapists combine specific creative techniques with psychotherapy and complementary therapies, engaging your mind, body, and soul in ways that verbal expression alone can’t accomplish.

Through art therapy, clients gain new insight and perspectives that pave the way for healing and better mental well-being.

When would I need art therapy?

At Greenpoint Psychotherapy, the licensed art therapists treat many mental health disorders, such as:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Substance use disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ADS)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Art therapy also reduces psychological problems caused by physical illness. For example, art therapy reduces stress and anxiety in children with asthma and stimulates mental function in adults with dementia.

Are there different types of art therapy?

Art therapy encompasses different avenues. The Greenpoint Psychotherapy team includes caring therapists specializing in various creative therapies, such as:

  • Art therapy (painting, drawing, crafts, clay work, etc.)
  • Journaling (writing therapy)
  • Expressive therapy (drama, role-playing, story-telling, etc.)
  • Movement therapy
  • Dance therapy

You may participate in creative therapy as part of your individual, family, or group therapy.

What type of art therapy is somatic healing?

Somatic healing (somatic therapy) uses movement therapy and psychotherapy to release emotions trapped in your body.

Experiencing a traumatic event causes dramatic changes in your brain and body chemistry. Some people deal with their memories and emotions in the weeks after a trauma, allowing their brain and body to return to normal.

However, others can’t process the intense emotional trauma because it’s too overwhelming. When that happens, the changes in your brain and body remain, and emotions and memories stay trapped, hidden in your mind and body.

Somatic healing focuses on the mind-body connection and combines body movement with mindfulness and talk therapy to release pent-up emotions.

As your provider gently guides your experience, you become aware of body sensations and integrate memories with movement, creating a safe way to release trauma, anger, fear, and frustration.

Call Greenpoint Psychotherapy or book online today to learn more about the ability of art therapy to heal and improve your mental health.