Art, Sand & Play Therapy for ALL ages! Counselling Bruce County offers different play modalities for children, teens and adults!
This is a great option for adults or children who have difficulty expressing themselves or have difficulty identifying feelings and discussing them. Working through unresolved trauma can also be an option through the use of various art supplies and play techniques including sand therapy!
What is "Art Therapy"? Art – no matter whether you choose to create it yourself or simply observe and enjoy it – is a relaxing and inspiring activity for many people. However, the particular benefits of artistic expression go much further than relaxation and enjoyment. Studies that art therapy can be very valuable in treating issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and even some phobias. It is a great way to express your emotions without words, process complex feelings and find relief. Who may benefit from "Art Therapy"? Anyone who feels overwhelmed or pressured by the hectic world we live in should try art therapy. Creating art will give you a chance to slow down and explore any issues you may be having. Art therapy may improve the mental health of people who are dealing with addictions, anxiety, attention disorders, grief and loss, dementia, depression, physical illness, PTSD, trauma, relationship issues and much more. Since the focus is on the process and not the final product, art therapy is not about becoming a great artist but about finding meaning and connection in your life. All you need for it is a willingness to experiment. (Source: https://www.rtor.org/2018/07/10/benefits-of-art-therapy/)
What is "Sand Therapy"? For adults it may look like this: Through creative expression, a person in therapy is able to manifest in sand the things they would otherwise not be able to vocalize or address in traditional therapy. The therapist treats the person as whole and healed, knowing that the process of sand tray therapy allows the person to find the answers that are already within them. The scene created acts as a reflection of the person’s own life and allows them the opportunity to resolve conflicts, remove obstacles, and gain acceptance of self.
For children it may look like this: Sand tray therapy uses sand, and a variety of miniature toys to create stories that represent a child's inner world. This helps the child work through challenges and resolve conflict, gain emotional awareness and begin healing.
What is "Play Therapy"? Your child may be struggling socially at school or may act out at home or with friends. Play therapy allows trained mental health practitioners to assess and understand children's play and to find the gaps where your child is struggling to cope with difficult emotions and find solutions to their own specific problems, with the goal to find healthier solutions. Play therapy allows children to change the way they think, feel, and resolve their concerns.