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art therapy

Art Psychotherapy
 

Founded in the 1930’s, art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilizes the art making process for diagnosis, communication and intervention. The process of creating an art piece, the art piece itself, and the client’s associations to the piece are all used to foster a compatible relationship between the individual’s inner and outer worlds. While the art therapist also makes use of verbal explorations and interventions, their unique skills and knowledge in the area of non-verbal expressions enable them to develop avenues for communication that are unique in the mental health field.


Art therapists may use the same means as Art Educators but their goals are vastly different. Art therapists may have the same goals as verbal therapists but their means are vastly different. 
 

The American Art Therapy Association defines entry level into the profession at the Master’s Degree level. The art therapist will have graduated from a minimum of a two-year graduate program, which will have included between 600 and 1,000 hours of supervised practicum experience. AATA also certifies the competency of individual art therapists who meet the requirements of the Association. Art therapists certified by AATA are designated ATR (Art Therapist, Registered).  Intro to Art Therapy, SC July 2004

Group Art Therapy

Group art therapy enables the individual to benefit from both the treatment by a licensed professional and the group dynamic of shared experiences and shared support among members. Group therapy built around creating art can also alleviate the anxiety of sharing experiences with others by speaking through the art making process.  

Marjorie Taylor, licensed therapist,  LPC, ATR

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Marjorie is an Art Instructor, Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

Marjorie has experience working in various settings including elementary special education, residential treatment with adolescents, and outpatient clinics with ages 8 to 88.

 

Art Therapy combines the art-making process with traditional therapies to provide unique treatment.

 

Art Therapy can help clients express themselves, communicate better with friends and loved ones, and gain understanding of self and others.

Group Art Therapy at Eclipse

Adults
Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 am

Art Therapy for Caregivers


This is an art therapy support group for any adult who is a caregiver for children, a family member, or as a profession. Caregiving can be challenging and overwhelming at times.

This group will be a time just for the caregiver to unwind and recharge through art making and group support.

Children age 6 through 9
Thursdays 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Engine Group, Self Regulation & Feelings Management

This group will utilize The Alert Program for Self-Regulation created by Williams and Shellenberger. By using the engine analogy to teach self-regulation, children learn what to do if they are in a non-optimal state of alertness. This can apply to “too big” feelings of excitement, anger, anxiety, and sadness. Art helps children define the complexity of feelings, making them easier to explore and understand.

Tweens/Teens
age 10 through 16
Mondays 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Social Skills Group


Navigating the teen social world can be confusing and anxiety provoking. Teens in this art therapy group will use art making as a way to learn about social expectations.

Teens will start to 
understand their own strengths and weaknesses within the social environment and ways to improve their social skills.

Teens age 13 through 17
Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Art Therapy for Anxiety/Relaxation


Relaxation Through Art: stress balls to sewing. A focused art therapy group with tasks designed around grounding techniques and stress reduction.

Teens will learn 
how to use art making as a way to understand and reduce anxiety and stress. Teens will also discover the best way for them to use art for relaxation.

How to Start

To attend an Art Therapy Group the patient must complete an intake assessment with the therapist to ensure a good fit of our services for your needs. 

Adult Art Therapy Groups:

 

If you are interested in attending one of our Adult Art Therapy Groups, you will schedule an intake session with our art therapist, Marjorie. The intake session is a structured conversation in which the therapist learns your personal and psychological history. Besides learning about you as a person, the intake session is also used to find out if Marjorie is a good fit for you and if you are a good fit for the group.

What happens if it’s not a good fit?

Marjorie will provide referrals to other therapists or services as needed.

Then what happens?

If you and Marjorie agree that art therapy would be a good fit, then you may begin attending a group. 

Please note: The art therapy groups at Eclipse are designed to provide services on an outpatient basis. Individuals requiring a higher level of care, such as partial hospitalization, will be referred to a local emergency room for assessment.

Children's Art Therapy Groups:

 

If your child is interested in attending one of our Art Therapy Groups, you will schedule an intake session with our art therapist, Marjorie. The intake session is a structured conversation in which the therapist meets with the parent(s)/guardian(s) to learn about your child’s personal and psychological history. Depending on the child’s preference and/or maturity level, the child may meet with Marjorie individually during the intake to discuss their own questions and concerns.

Besides learning about your child, the intake session is also used to find out if Marjorie is a good fit for your child and if your child is a good fit for the group.

What happens if it’s not a good fit?
Marjorie will provide referrals to other therapists or services as needed.


Then what happens?

If you, your child, and Marjorie agree that art therapy would be a good fit, then your child may begin attending a group. 

Contact us for more information or to arrange an intake session. 
Intake sessions are fee based, but the fee will be credited against your first booked therapy session. 

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