Trauma - Informed  Art Therapy

                                                           I found I could say things with colour and shape that i couldn't say any other way  -

                                                                                              things i had no words for .

                                                                                                        - Georgia o Keefe 

Art Therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting,collage ,coloring and / or sculpting to help People express themselves artistically to improve a person's physical, mental and emotional well - being.

Expressing one's self artistically can help to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress and improve

self- esteem and awareness.

Trauma - informed arts therapy is based on the idea that art expression is helpful in reconnectig implict ( sensory) and explicit ( declarative) memories of trauma and in the treatment of PTSD. In particular , it is an approach that assists the inidviduals's capacity to self - regulate affect and modulate the body's reactions to traumatic experiences in the earliest stages to set the stage for eventual trauma integration and recovery.