Art Therapy

Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC. Marriage and Family Therapy. 461 Main St. Niantic, CT 06357. 860- 451-9364. KatieZiskindMft@gmail.com. www.WisdomWithinCT.com

Benefits of Art-Inspired Therapy in Niantic, CT

Are you a parent searching for the very best answers and techniques to help your frustrated, angry child or teen? Are longing for positive growth for your teen grappling with anxiety? Art therapy at Wisdom Within Counseling is a positive, constructive remedy to ease discomfort and help your child or teen process challenging feelings. Also, art therapy takes fear, worry, and intimidation out of the room. Therefore, promoting a sense of personal independence in your child or adolescent, empowerment, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.

Narrative Art Therapy Group at East Lyme High School

Below is a photo taken on May 21, 2018 when I volunteered at East Lyme High School with a Life Skills class. I guided a narrative therapy Tree of Life exercise in an effort to bring art therapy into the classroom and share different approaches to therapy.

The Tree of Life goes as follows:

Roots- Where you come from, places you’ve lived, your ancestors

Trunk- Your strengths, your great qualities

Branches- Your goals, where you want to go in life, your hopes and dreams

Leaves- People who have inspired you, include pets and people who have passed away

Fruit- The gifts you have for the world, the talents you bring to your community

Adolescent Art as a Healing Technique

Art therapy, an evidence-based technique, is one of many healing modalities I use. It is capable of helping your child develop self-regulation, express tough emotions of guilt, sadness, shame, and grief, and guide your child to wellness and happiness. Art therapy is a universal and expressive language that helps to release deep emotions and memories held in the conscious and the unconscious mind.

In my family therapy practice, I use highly effective, skill-based therapies to help your child or teen feel confidence in school, home life, and bring these skills into college years and beyond.


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Why Art Therapy for Children and Teens?

If you are getting divorced, often your child or teen feels pulled between both separating parents, especially when there is high conflict. Often, words can be difficult. Therefore, art therapy plays a vital role in expressing emotions, releasing feelings, and asking for specific needs to be met by your family members. Overall, art therapy is fundamental and an essential part of my practice model because it is instrumental in assessing and treating a variety of psychological and behavioral issues.

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Creative, Art Therapy For Children, Adolescents, and Teens

“Art therapy is used with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, families, veterans, and people with chronic health issues to assess and treat the following: anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems; substance abuse and addictions; family and relationship issues; abuse and domestic violence; social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness; trauma and loss; physical, cognitive, and neurological problems; and psychosocial difficulties related to medical illness.” (American Art Therapy Association, 2012, Online)

A Complimentary Technique  To Traditional Talking: Art Therapy

Art therapy, nor any one approach, is the end-all for a mental health issue. With that said, art can be incredibly beneficial for all mental health challenges. For instance, art can be a vehicle for expression and change when a teen doesn’t feel like talking in therapy sessions. Perhaps, a child doesn’t have words for the emotions being felt or a teen is severely depressed and chooses not to speak as a form of control.

Family counseling sessions are another are where art can be added into counseling. Neither art therapy or any therapy for that matter is going to cure, 100% fix, or treat your child. However, art therapy can be a technique that facilitates growth, helps your child or teen feel capable in the world again, bring your family together in deeper ways than words can covey, and boost self-confidence. Nothing we do will cure your child or teen because they are not broken. They may be going through a very rough and difficult time.

I totally understand and I am here for you. I would love to support and encourage your child or teen on their journey!

What does an art therapy session look like?

In art therapy sessions, your child or teen can use a variety of mediums including: sculpting with clay and play dough, drawing with crayons, glitter gel pens, markers, colored pencils, and pens, painting with acrylics, and music. An art therapy session is similar to a talk session, but where talking may happen alongside the art. Art therapy is an instrument that can help guide and promote psychological health and wellbeing for all ages.

Katie Ziskind LMFT, Therapist Note

Therapy in general is a process that takes commitment, time, patience, and perseverance. Positive change takes time. Your child or teen has taken their whole life to arrive where they are now, so it will take time to rebuild positive skills, develop confidence, and a healthy sense of self.

How long does art therapy take?

Every child, adolescent, youth, and family has their own process. For instance, it takes many months for a flower to root, sprout, grow, and bloom as well as many factors including air, water, sunlight, energy, climate, and time of year. The length of your child’s therapy really depends upon their specific needs, your parenting desires, therapy goals, social learning abilities, intellectual understanding, and consistency with weekly or twice a week sessions. I look forward to connecting!

Call Katie for your free 15-minute consultation (860) 451-9364 to talk about how art therapy can help your child or teen boost self-confidence.