The use of artistic expression as a counseling technique dates back many decades. Building on this tradition of self-discovery through the arts, Deborah Heitman offers group and indiviual sessions in art expression.
"There is something powerful about the process of experiencing art and creating art that unlocks one's inner self," she says. "It doesn't require that someone be 'good at art,' but rather that one be able to be so absorbed in the artistic process that inner feelings and insights come to the surface that might not otherwise reveal themselves."
Beyond its therapeutic benefits, art activities are relaxing and aid in the experience of mindfulness--the ability to be in the moment. "It's possible that God can speak to our hearts in the mindfulness that comes in artistic endeavor," Deborah says. "We are often able to hear His voice better when engaged in art expression, than in our busyness of mind or even in overly familiar religious activities."
When done in a group context, art expression opens up communication and a sense of togetherness. It's a great team-building process for small groups, business teams and ministry staffs.
Deborah A. Heitman, MA, LPC Psychotherapist | (303) 204-7230 | firstname.lastname@example.org 6343 W. 120th Avenue, Suite 105 | Broomfield, CO 80020