Art therapy is an established mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of children and parents. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps children resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Our art therapist holds her Masters in Art Therapy and has completed coursework on the theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and practicum experiences in clinical, community, and/or other settings. She is skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other media) for assessment and treatment.
Our art therapist uses a strength-based philosophy that focuses on psychological wellness rather than diagnosis. Using art materials alongside our art therapist, reflecting upon the creative process, and discussing a finished product empowers clients to increase self-awareness, gain self-esteem, learn social cues and norms, identify non-literal and non-verbal language, and advance comfortable interpersonal relationships.
Art Therapy Classes
Screen Detox Art Therapy Group
Session 1: Saturdays from 11:30am-1pm from January 19th through February 9th
Session 2: Saturdays from 11:30am-1pm from March 2nd through March 23rd
In the age of technology, parents have to be more diligent than ever about the use of games by their children. Getting your child to understand why limitations are important can be challenging. In this class, led by art therapist and brain expert Jessica Buescher, we teach your child about the neurology of the brain on games, and work with various art mediums to re-engage the parts of the brain that aren’t being utilized with video games. This important class explores which games are appropriate and for how long before they can become damaging. By limiting screen time and exercising the other parts of the brain, kids are able to boost their brainpower and increase their thinking, language and memory.
*Cost is $95 per four-week series
Exceptional Children and Parents Group
Session 1: Saturdays from 10-11am from January 19th through February 16th + Art Show Feb 16th
Session 2: Saturdays from 10-11am from March 2nd through March 23rd + Art Show March 24th
Session 3: Saturdays from 10-11am from April 13th through April 27th + Art Show April 28th
Art therapy provides a visible map for understanding your child’s inner dynamic. Allow your child to freely and safely express their uniqueness in this class, where we explore the expressive therapy continuum. Led by therapist Jessica Buescher, MA ATR-BC, we will utilize each amazing child’s particular skill level and individual needs. Following the first session, where we will meet with parents-only, children will engage in hands-on activities and direct interaction with their parent and peers. We will learn and discuss when certain art materials are appropriate to introduce and provide sensory interests for exploratory learning. Our final session will include an art show, to celebrate your child’s talent and showcase their new skills.
*Cost is $95 per four-session series
Parent Support Art Therapy Group
Session 1: Saturdays from 1:30-3:30pm on January 19th and January 26th
Session 2: Saturdays from 1:30-3:30pm on March 2nd and March 9th
Session 3: Saturdays from 1:30-3:30pm on April 13th and April 20th
Parents of children with special needs aren’t regular parents, they are SUPERHEROES! But being a superhero can be overwhelming. In this art therapy class designed for parents, we will provide a safe, supportive environment to release emotions and engage with other parents in a judgement-free space. We will work on specific art directives to move intangible feelings out and project them onto something tangible. By creating unique cloaks, we not only display one’s individual superpowers, but also provide a metaphorical armor to allow parents to let their guard down and release, with people who understand. Led by art therapist Jessica Buescher, this class is for adults who want to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being, while building lasting relationships with a group of supportive peers and
professionals. All materials are provided.
*Cost is $95 per two-week series