Today, art classes are less and less common in school. Many teens may not have the opportunities to express themselves creatively. Alternatively, they may lack the self-confidence they may need to engage in creative expression. Some of these teens can express themselves through art therapy programs. Art therapy is one of the leading alternative therapies today. Art therapy can provide healing and creative expression in a judgment-free environment for many teens struggling with substance abuse, disordered eating, or process addictions. Whether or not someone considers themselves an artist, art therapy programs for teens can be the missing link to holistic recovery.
If you think your teen would benefit from art therapy, call Foothills at Red Oak Recovery. Our holistic programs for adolescent boys treat a range of addictions and co-occurring disorders in beautiful North Carolina. Call us today at 866.300.5275 to learn more and help the young man in your life thrive.
What Is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a type of therapy facilitated by a counselor specifically trained in art therapy. In fact, many art therapists are also practicing artists with a deep appreciation for their craft. Art therapists provide a client with materials and prompts. During a session, they guide a client to express their emotions and sensations through color and various artistic mediums. For many, it may be hard to express feelings in language. Art allows teens to express feelings and sensations without worrying about saying the right thing.
Art therapy works to help clients tell new narratives about overwhelming situations. They learn to manage and express themselves through creative outlets like drawing, painting, clay, and collage. Art therapy helps teens:
- Manage addiction and triggers
- Relieve stress
- Process trauma
- Reduce anxiety
- Reduce depression
- Improve self-esteem
- Cope with physical pain or illness
- Become more resilient to change
- Improve emotional regulation
Today, many teens are conditioned towards perfection. They may avoid creative expression because they don’t feel talented enough. Art therapy incorporates therapeutic healing, coping mechanisms, and the playful chance for teens to express themselves creatively in safe, private spaces. Many art therapy sessions involve talk therapy and last as long as other therapy sessions. These sessions allow clients to express themselves while putting coping tools into action. Many teens who engage in art therapy create a home practice that includes a form of expressive arts. Some teens see their art therapist once a week, while others might see theirs once or twice a month. Art therapists often hold both individual and group therapy sessions.
Begin Holistic Art Therapy Today in North Carolina
Help your teen regain their self-esteem and manage the stresses of adolescence today. Whether your son is navigating substance abuse, disordered eating, process addiction, or depression, Foothills at Red Oak Recovery can help. Our beautiful North Carolina clinic gives teen boys the opportunity to disconnect from their stressful lives and heal with traditional and alternative therapies. Our holistic programs include:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Video game addiction
- Social media addiction
- Substance abuse
- Alcohol abuse
- Disordered eating
Foothills believes holistic healing can help any young man recover from addiction, depression, and disordered eating. By pairing traditional and alternative therapies, our clients grow and heal in the beautiful landscape of North Carolina. Young boys who visit Foothills build resilience, self-reliance, and personal tools to cope with whatever life may throw their way.
Call Foothills at Red Oak Recovery for More Information
Art therapy may be just what your teen needs. Call Foothills today to learn more about our programs and how art therapy and counseling can help your son. Reach us at 866.300.5275 to get started today.