“Art has a way of opening us up and allows us to be vulnerable … so that we can grow and mature and develop.” — Dr. Cornel West, scholar of philosophy and religion
Counseling and Consulting Associates of North Texas (CCA North Texas) is offering a free Expressive Art Therapy Group for adults on Tuesday evenings, starting Nov. 5 and continuing through Dec. 10.
The expressive art group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Tuesday from Nov. 5 through Dec. 10 at the offices of CCA North Texas, 2750 W. Virginia Parkway, Suite 108, in McKinney.
There is no charge to attend, although pre-registration is requested so that the facilitators will know how many art supplies will be needed. Please call CCA North Texas at 972-542-8144 to sign up.
If you cannot attend all the group meetings, don’t worry. You are welcome to attend as many or as few of the art therapy classes as your schedule will allow.
The art therapy group will be co-facilitated by Counselors-in-Training Patty Carr and Stephanie Whisenhunt. No art experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided. Participants may want to wear old clothing or bring an apron or an old shirt to cover their clothing with.
According to a February 2013 article on PsychologyToday.com, multiple studies conducted in the healthcare arena extol the value of art therapy:
- Several studies demonstrate that art therapy enhances the psychosocial treatment of cancer, including decreased symptoms of distress, improved quality of life and perceptions of body image, reduction of pain perception, and general physical and psychological health (Monti et al, 2006; Nainis et al, 2002; Svensk et al, 2009).
- Studies indicate a reduction of depression and fatigue levels in cancer patients on chemotherapy (Bar-Sela,et al, 2007).
- Art therapy strengthens positive feelings, alleviates distress, and helps individuals to clarify existential questions for adult bone marrow transplant patients (Gabriel, Bromberg, Vandenbovenkamp, Kornblith, & Luzzato, 2001).
- Research with children with cancer indicates that engaging in drawing and painting is an effective method for dealing with pain and other disturbing symptoms of illness and treatment (Rollins, 2005).
- Research on art therapy with children with asthma indicates that it reduces anxiety, improves feelings of quality of life, and strengthens self-concept (Beebe, Gelfand, & Bender, 2010) (see Art Therapy and Health Care for more information).
- Evidence indicates that art therapy and other creative arts therapies stimulate cognitive function in older adults who have dementia or related disorders (Levine-Madori, 2009) and may reduce depression in those with Parkinson’s disease (Elkis-Abuhoff et al, 2008).
- Art making may reduce anxiety and stress reactions as measured by cortisol (Walsh et al, 2007).
About CCA North Texas:
CCA has provided counseling services to residents from McKinney and the surrounding area for more than 25 years. Founded by Dr. Suzanne Hales, CCA offers a staff that includes licensed professional counselors, social workers, therapists and a psychiatrist who provide counseling, psychotherapy and psychiatric care for adults, children, couples and families. CCA is located at 2750 W. Virginia Parkway, Suite 104 in McKinney. To make an appointment, please call 972-542-8144. For more information, please go to www.ccanorthtexas.com. CCA’s therapy provides encouragement, support, information and assistance to help you in the changes and transformations you seek in your life. We are honored to be a part of your process of change, and we applaud your courage in seeking assistance to make changes in your life.