Good for the Mind, Good for the Soul, Really Good In That Corner Above Your Favorite Chair Where The Blank Spot Used To Be…
It’s medicinal! It’s decorative! It’s SUPERMAN! Actually, it’s art therapy. But it’s pretty cool.
Art therapy is more than just painting or drawing. It is a way for anyone, young or old, to express themselves more openly and meaningfully than they might otherwise be able to. The basic idea is to provide a person the opportunity to channel his or her restlessness or negativity through the construction of something positive, with the belief that inside of everyone there dwells some unique potential for creativity.
The benefits of art therapy are significant. When one creates, a sense of fulfillment, self actualization and empowerment are the result. And, as mentioned before, it is a useful tool for expression, more accessible to some than words.
Art therapy is especially helpful with children, as they have a limited vocabulary and may not feel comfortable expressing themselves in words. One common exercise is to have rivaling siblings draw their own perfect museum, and what it would contain. This way, the therapist can find not only the source of their differences, but also what they may have in common, and build on that.
Here in our home town, Andrea Kamm is an experienced artist and board certified family and couples therapist. She has worked in mental health for 25 years. She and her husband Bob are co-founders of the San Luis Relationship Institute, located at 1023 Nipomo Street. If you or someone you know is struggling with grief, anxiety, depression or any other form of mental or emotional hurdles, you may want to draw on the Kamms for guidance.
Now that the holidays are over, I’m sure we could all use a little relief. I prefer retail therapy, personally. Come in and see us if you do too. Or join us for Art After Dark beginning in February, and get the best of both worlds.