Art Therapy

Art Therapy in St. Petersburg, FL

How can someone express how they feel when words are not enough?

When the English language does not posses a spectrum of vocabulary capable of describing a feeling or experience?

When a resistive teenager is unwilling to communicate or unable to express their emotions or thought processes to an adult?

When failed communication between two individuals in a relationship results in a session of arguing, blame, and disagreement?

....Enter: Art Therapy!

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is the use of art materials and the creative process to address clinical goals and promote mental wellness. It’s used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change. It is especially beneficial for clients who have difficulty articulating the emotions they are feeling due to anxiety or being overly self-critical. By utilizing the powerful and empirically supported techniques of Art Therapy, individuals in this type of counseling can dig deeper into the underlying issues that are causing their mental health issues.

What is an Art Therapist?

Art therapists are highly specialized, master-level clinicians, who work with people of all ages across a broad spectrum of practice. Guided by ethical standards and scope of practice, their education and supervised training prepares them for culturally proficient work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Honoring individuals’ values and beliefs, art therapists work with people who are challenged with medical and mental health problems, as well as individuals seeking emotional, creative, and spiritual growth. It’s important to note that just because a Licensed Mental Health Counselor uses art in their session, this doesn’t constitute actual Art Therapy.

Art therapy encourages a hands-on approach to therapy where the client plays an active role in treatment.

Artwork created in session becomes a tangible element in the therapy session, something direct and real, something which can be revisted and reflected upon in subsequent sessions and to serve as an indicator of progress or change. Art making can break through down verbal, emotional, and mental barriers. This allows us to express emotions sometimes not verbally easy to discuss or even acknowledge as an issue.

Your St. Petersburg Art Therapist

At McNulty Counseling and Wellness, Lindsey Brooks, is our Registered Art Therapist (ATR) who is also board certified (ATR-BC), a nationally recognized title administered by the Art Therapy Credentials Board. Lindsey has gone through years of training to be able to implement these specialized counseling techniques in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is passionate about Art Therapy and holds a position in the American Art Therapy Association since 2011 in which time she served a two year term as secretary for the Florida Art Therapy Association.

Call us today to learn more about counseling with Art Therapy!

Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. We’re standing by and ready to assist you with all of your mental health needs. 727-344-9867.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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