Art therapy is a profession in the mental health field that integrates the field of human development and uses creative arts to help individuals or groups improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Hospitals and rehabilitation centers have been incorporating art therapy with their traditional psychotherapy programs since the 1940’s. Individuals receiving art therapy in our Utah clinic can select from a variety of materials such as paint or clay to interact with to symbolically express the depth and intensity of emotional pain. A therapist might ask them to draw a picture of their family to help illicit unhealthy family dynamics such as communication issues or relationship problems. In another approach of art therapy, you may view pieces of art, and then talk with a therapist about what you see. Your Utah art therapist will use pictures, art supplies, visual symbols, and an understanding of human behavior to help address personal concerns and conflicts.
Art Therapy Benefits
When Utah art therapy is used, self-expression is usually less defended than speaking, therefore, issues tend to be addressed more directly. Art helps people to internalize emotions associated with trauma while also allowing them to cope with these feelings by expressing them in an artistic manner. Art therapy is based on the belief that artistic self-expression can be used to help people;
- Explore their feelings
- Communicate their pain
- Resolve emotional conflicts
- Improve self-awareness
- Speed up healing times
- Manage behavior
- Manage addictions
- Cope with emotional conflicts
- Express unspoken and often unconscious concerns
- Evolve social skills
- Relieve stress, apprehension, and fear
- Lower heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate
- Foster self-esteem
- Reduce anxiety
- Develop interpersonal skills
Who Can Use Utah Art Therapy?
Art therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages, and can be found in a variety of settings such as hospitals, community mental health centers, correctional facilities, nursing homes, schools, disaster relief centers, and drug and alcohol rehab programs. Groups of people struggling with a similar issue may create a mural to stimulate group discussion about a certain issue or to talk about coping strategies. Likewise, art therapy can be used on senior citizens in nursing homes to help come to terms with aging, grief, and fear of death.
Utah art therapy has been shown to benefit those with; mental health issues, eating disorders, emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other addictions, relationship issues, family issues, those suffering from trauma or loss, coping with physical, emotional, and cognitive difficulties related to a disability or medical illness.
Utah Music Therapy
Music Therapy is similar in function and application to art therapy. Our Utah music therapy is a clinical and evidence based use of music interventions to accomplish therapeutic goals, promote healing, and enhance quality of life. Scientific studies have shown that music benefits the mind, body and spirit of people of ALL ages.
How Music Therapy Works in Our Utah Center
Our music therapist will first assess the client to determine their specific needs, and then formulate a plan using music based interventions with in the therapeutic relationship, such as improvisation, composition, re-creative or receptive experiences to help achieve unique goals and objectives.
In a music therapy session designed to promote self-expression, the therapist might create a musical and emotional environment that encourages you to respond by revealing personal experiences or feelings. Using music can help people not only discover long-forgotten emotions but to also help them understand, control, and express those emotions in a healthy way. Clients in our Utah music therapy program can use various methods of musical expression such as: music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music.
Healing Benefits of Utah Music Therapy
From the time we are infants, our brains are wired to process and respond to music. Mothers from all time periods and cultures have used lullabys and rocking movements to calm fussy babies. Rhythm has been shown to be beneficial in music therapy. When music input enters our ears, some of the input goes to the brain for processing, while other input heads right to the motor nerves in the spine. This allows muscles to respond to rhythm without having to think about it – this is called entrainment. Our muscles, including heart muscle, automatically synchronize to the beat. We can use entrainment to our advantage, for example, we can play classical music at 70 beats a minute to slow a heart that is beating too fast. Music therapy can be used to reveal subconscious thoughts and feelings, thereby, allowing music to be therapeutic in the same way that psychotherapy can be.
Pathways Art and Music Therapists Utah
Music therapy interventions are based on individual assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing evaluation, frequently functioning as members of an interdisciplinary team. Pathways Utah art and music therapist hold masters level educational degrees and are certified to work in their field. The art and music therapists utilize interventions with individuals or in a group setting that display a vast continuum of needs, from reduction of anxiety, rehabilitation of speech, sensory, gross, or fine motor skills, to psycho-social, emotional, spiritual and wellness needs.
For more information about our Utah Art and Music Therapy programs or to set up an appointment, please fill out our contact form or call Pathways Real Life at 801-895-3006 today!