Creating art has always been a way humans have dealt with their emotions. There’s just something about using your hands to create something beautiful that helps you express yourself.

You know there are things going on in your life that you need to explore and you’re interested to see how art can help you get to know yourself on a deeper level.

For millennia, art has been a part of human culture. Whether it was a cave painting on a wall or an intricate piece of pottery, people have used art to interact with and understand the world around them.

You’re a long ways away from your ancestors. And the stress of your busy life looks a lot different than the stress of thousands of years ago. But there is still something very powerful about connecting your heart and hands to create something beautiful.

Art therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy as it gives you a way to express yourself without words.

Using your hands as an extension of your imagination helps you clear your mind from other distractions and get to the root of what might be causing you emotional stress.

And there are Art Therapy professionals who use drawing, painting, and sculpting to help people solve their problems.

You know you have to find a healthier way of expressing yourself and you can’t keep everything bottled up any longer. You’re ready to start communicating so that you can reconnect with yourself and others.

When You Come to Urban Wellness for Art Therapy

  • You will explore and process common themes that come up in your life
  • You will learn to express yourself visually and then discuss the emotions that came up during your creative process
  • You will be able to better focus on the present moment
  • You will feel more connected to others in your life because you will keep your addiction from getting in the way of your relationships
  • You will experience a grounding way to work through your anxiety

Who Benefits Most from Art Therapy

Art Therapy is best for those who are 7 or older and who are looking for creative ways to process their emotions. Art Therapy is not only for artists, but instead, helps individuals with a hands-on approach to self-expression.

You will benefit from Art Therapy if:

  • You have ever experienced trauma in your life
  • You are looking for ways to control your anxiety
  • You want to learn to focus better and be present in the moment
  • You are looking for creative ways to vent stress and relieve tension
  • You hope to connect with yourself on a deeper level

There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Art Therapy sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances of severe mental illness
  • Current substance abuse

If you are currently experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.

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What The Art Therapy Process Looks Like

Art Therapy is intended to help you creatively explore yourself so you can process your difficult emotions. Together, you and your therapist will strive to reduce your stress, anxiety, pain and any other underlying emotions that make you feel like your life is less than satisfying. You will discover healthy ways to deal when you are feeling moved by strong emotions.You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about you and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the goals you have going forward together.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Art Therapy

Together, in each subsequent session, you and your counselor will use evidenced-based art therapy to help you process your emotions. These include drawing, painting, craft building, and sculpture.

Each session is designed to discover how your current coping skills are impacting your health (mental and physical), happiness, and relationships. Together, you and your counselor will work to gain insight into the patterns in your life, so you can begin to break them and rebuild healthier ones.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for you to process and discuss whatever it is that keeps you from connecting with yourself. With their help, you can work to process your struggles in a creative way.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you and your counselor have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

No matter the underlying reasons, keeping your emotions bottled inside does not help you thrive in life. Perhaps you feel like you have too much going on to try to improve your situation. Or maybe you just feel massively disconnected from what it is you want and need out of life. We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ art therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin exploring yourself.

What Will I Pay for Art Therapy Sessions

Art Therapy is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offers in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

You definitely can get back in touch with who you are on a core level. It is completely possible to receive therapeutic value out of a hobby that brings you joy and creativity. You will be able to find healthier coping skills that don’t involve bad habits or risky behaviors in order to find relief from negative emotions.

Having a peaceful life where you are free to express yourself may feel far off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to practice new ways to explore yourself and process your emotions.

You will use your hands to externally represent what is going on inside of you, whether you think you’re an artist or not. You’ll be able to work through whatever challenges you are facing in a healthy and productive way. In the end, you’ll learn more about yourself and how to create the life you want. Urban Wellness can help.

Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0 or email intake@urbanwellnesscounseling.com to schedule your session today.