Adolescence is a challenging period of transition for teenagers. They experience a wide range of social, emotional, and physical changes that can be difficult to cope with. Mental health issues are common among teens, and, if not appropriately addressed, can lead to severe consequences in later life. Art therapy is a powerful tool that can help teens overcome these issues and lead them toward a healthier, happier life.
What Is Teen Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses art to promote healing. Teen art therapy is a specialized form of art therapy designed for teenagers. It helps them to express themselves creatively and explore their emotions through art.
Our teen art therapy sessions typically involve activities like drawing, painting, sculpting, and other creative outlets. Our licensed therapist helps the teen explore their emotions and build self-esteem by providing guidance and support during the art-making process.
What Happens in Art Therapy For Teens?
In teen art therapy at Beyond Healthcare Beachwood, a trained therapist works with the teenager in a safe, non-judgmental environment. The therapist encourages the teen to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions through the creation of art. The therapist may provide a variety of art materials, such as paints, markers, and sculpting tools, to help the teen create their artwork. During the session, our therapist will discuss with the teen what they have created and how it relates to their inner thoughts and feelings.
What Are the Benefits of Adolescent Art Therapy?
Adolescent art therapy has numerous benefits for teens, including:
- Increased self-awareness
- Improved communication skills
- Increased emotional regulation
- Helps reduce anxiety and depression symptoms
- Develop coping skills
- Build self-esteem
- Provide an outlet for stress and emotion
- Create a sense of empowerment and control
- Increase insight and problem-solving skills
- Help develop a stronger sense of self and identity
- Improve relationships with family and peers
The art created in teen art therapy sessions can also provide insight into the teen’s internal experience and help them to better understand their feelings. Also, art therapy has been shown to be effective in treating trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How Does Teen Art Therapy Treatment Fit Into an Adolescent Treatment Program?
Teen art therapy may be used as part of an overall treatment plan for teens struggling with mental health issues. We offer dedicated art therapy sessions for teenagers, and we incorporate art therapy into a holistic care treatment plan for maximum effectiveness. For example, our treatment plans typically involve cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help teens identify and change negative thoughts and behaviors. In addition, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) can be used to help teens regulate their emotions, while narrative therapy can help them gain insight into their stories and identify the positive aspects of their lives.
When evidence-based therapy is used in combination with holistic treatment like art therapy, our clients experience a more well-rounded recovery. As always, our team strives to provide the best teen treatment program possible. Without question, art therapy is an integral part of that program.
Beyond Healthcare Beachwood Can Help Your Teen
Adolescent art therapy is an effective way to help teens to express themselves creatively and deal with emotional challenges. It offers a safe and non-judgmental environment that encourages teenagers to explore their feelings and emotions. Art therapy not only helps with emotional regulation but also helps to improve overall well-being. If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health issues, consider teen art therapy as part of your treatment plan.
At Beyond Healthcare Beachwood, we offer comprehensive adolescent treatment programs that include art therapy, and we would be happy to discuss its incorporation into your teen’s care. Call us today at 888.714.3162 to get the process started.