[3:50] What art therapy is and how it’s more beneficial than traditional talk therapy
[5:43] Differences between play therapy and art therapy
[10:13] What is the appropriate age to start art therapy and how it benefits kids with ADHD or other mental disabilities
[15:56] Ways art therapy can calm the nervous system
[23:56] How to find an art therapist near you
[26:32] Why Kayla decided to pursue art therapy
“What I love about art therapy is that it actually breaks down any verbal barriers and becomes its own sort of language. So we use lines, shapes, and colors to really describe how we’re feeling. And I find it to be one of the most effective ways to help kids express their emotions.”
“Art therapy is actually an integrative mental health profession; it combines the knowledge and understanding of human development, psychological theories and techniques, and we combine that all in metaphors and the creative process.”
“One thing about art, you can actually move it out of you and visually look at it. I can draw or paint a picture of all the things I’m holding inside.”
“Instead of just talking about it and asking a kid, ‘Why did you do that?’, we have the ability to break it down into pieces visually and actually start to see patterns that are coming up for them.”
“In the way that I work I do intertwine meditation, mindfulness, breathing techniques, all those calming skill sets that intertwine so beautifully together to give it a whole holistic approach.”
“An art therapist is specifically trained to use art materials as part of the therapeutic process. And so they know the risks, the benefits of using each material, and have spent thousands of hours working under supervision to learn this process.”
“You can go to the American Art Therapy Association, it’s a website, and you can look up different registered therapists near you.”
How to connect with Kayla:
Facebook: Kayla Helenske
Kayla is a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
As a mother of 3, she knows how important it is for our children to feel happy, healthy, confident, and connected to themselves and the world around them. She helps parents of kids with anxiety & ADHD who feel concerned, frustrated and overwhelmed to support their kids to regulate emotions, express feelings in a healthy way, and build their confidence so they can bring connection, laughter and joy into their homes.
She believes that when we empower our children to confidently navigate their emotions, support their mental health and find their inner voice, we provide them with a strong foundation required to thrive throughout life.
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