Using art therapy to treat mental health disorders

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You might already know there are a variety of therapies out there to treat different mental health disorders. One therapist calls art therapy the brainchild of fine arts and psychology.Creative Counseling and Studio is based in Omaha, Nebraska. It offers art therapy with an emphasis on inclusivity.For many of us, doing art is therapeutic in and of itself. “A lot of people don’t know the difference between arts and crafts, art education and art therapy,” Creative Counseling and Studio Founder Yasmin Tucker said.Creative Counseling and Studio takes things a step further with art therapy.”It’s a tool to create and make meaning, and to take all of the noise in here and put it out so you can see it and understand it,” Tucker said.Tucker leads a team of licensed mental health practitioners who use art to help people through some of their toughest mental health battles.”And if moments during the art process when trauma or stories are triggered, people are emotionally flooded, a licensed practitioner is able to respond to that in a way that’s trauma-informed and can help them get back to homeostasis so that they can live with their life,” Tucker explained.Tucker specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder. But she and her team treat a variety of other conditions, including depression and anxiety.”Really, it’s not necessarily about the disorder but more about the person’s capacity and interest in art. If they don’t find it as a useful tool, it may not work therapeutically,” Tucker said.Ever since the pandemic started, Tucker says most of their work has been done virtually.”We serve 20 counties in Nebraska,” she said.One of Tucker’s goals is to make people from marginalized communities feel seen and heard.”I understood the power of representation as a person of color in the mental health field, and so with that, I wanted to welcome and normalize and destigmatize getting the help that you need,” Tucker said.She hopes Creative Counseling and Studio can give more people access to a much-needed service.”With the medium in front of you, it helps you make meaning of what’s going on in your life and give you the psychological distance when it’s too hard to talk about it,” Tucker said.Watch the video above for the full story.

You might already know there are a variety of therapies out there to treat different mental health disorders. One therapist calls art therapy the brainchild of fine arts and psychology.

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Creative Counseling and Studio is based in Omaha, Nebraska. It offers art therapy with an emphasis on inclusivity.

For many of us, doing art is therapeutic in and of itself.

“A lot of people don’t know the difference between arts and crafts, art education and art therapy,” Creative Counseling and Studio Founder Yasmin Tucker said.

Creative Counseling and Studio takes things a step further with art therapy.

“It’s a tool to create and make meaning, and to take all of the noise in here and put it out so you can see it and understand it,” Tucker said.

Tucker leads a team of licensed mental health practitioners who use art to help people through some of their toughest mental health battles.

“And if moments during the art process when trauma or stories are triggered, people are emotionally flooded, a licensed practitioner is able to respond to that in a way that’s trauma-informed and can help them get back to homeostasis so that they can live with their life,” Tucker explained.

Tucker specializes in post-traumatic stress disorder. But she and her team treat a variety of other conditions, including depression and anxiety.

“Really, it’s not necessarily about the disorder but more about the person’s capacity and interest in art. If they don’t find it as a useful tool, it may not work therapeutically,” Tucker said.

Ever since the pandemic started, Tucker says most of their work has been done virtually.

“We serve 20 counties in Nebraska,” she said.

One of Tucker’s goals is to make people from marginalized communities feel seen and heard.

“I understood the power of representation as a person of color in the mental health field, and so with that, I wanted to welcome and normalize and destigmatize getting the help that you need,” Tucker said.

She hopes Creative Counseling and Studio can give more people access to a much-needed service.

“With the medium in front of you, it helps you make meaning of what’s going on in your life and give you the psychological distance when it’s too hard to talk about it,” Tucker said.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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