The official definition from the American Art Therapy Association:
“Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development. 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.”
Simply put… Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Art Therapists are professionally trained in both art and psychotherapy. They are knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practices, spiritual, multicultural/artistic traditions and the healing potential of art. They use art in treatment, assessment and research, and provide consultations to allied professionals.
Etta specializes in using creative mediums to help others unlock and process traumatic events in a less intimidating way and she is dedicated to helping people on their journey towards healing. She is most passionate about the field of Trauma and has done extensive research on its effects on the body and the brain.