Art is a form of expression and communication not hindered by linguistic limitations. As applied to psychology, art therapy is a viable, holistic method for addressing cognitive, social, and behavioral issues through the physicality of the art making experience and interpersonal reflection on the creative process.
Since obtaining my Master in Fine Arts, I have coupled creativity and psychology through a myriad of experiences. Whether teaching for a non-profit art organization in Los Angeles or assisting as visual arts director serving underprivileged children in New York City, I cherished the positive impact I had on my students. While these jobs were socially and creatively engaging, I wondered how I could grow to help people suffering from the aftermath of traumatic experiences.
I discovered that art therapy could provide this deeper interpersonal connection by marrying my artistic abilities and my growing knowledge of psychology to facilitate expression, promote communication, and improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from mental illness.
Hardship is an inherent part of the human experience, and I have witnessed the power of art to help manage overwhelming trauma and emotional distress.
This fall, I have applied to embark on a new journey into the world of art and psychology through a(nother) 2-year masters program in Art Therapy.