Art Therapy Groups – West Valley Counseling Center

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Art Therapy Groups

Being A Pre-Teen
Art Therapy Group for Girls Ages 11-13
Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm
With Cecilia Polkinhorn
Pre-teen girls are in a tough stage in their lives and communication can become difficult. This group provides a safe environment for pre-teen girls to express themselves in more ways than speech alone can provide.Led by a trained Marriage & Family Therapy / Art Therapy Associate, group sessions will use a variety of art materials and specific directives to address issues such as impacts of social media, emotional regulation, friendships & boundaries, self-esteem & body image, self-care, and mindfulness. The group setting will allow members to find peer support through shared experiences.
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A Group for Women Survivors of Trauma
Saturdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm
With Jessica Ziehl
BEYOND is an art therapy group for women who have experienced complex trauma, a history of sexual abuse or assault, childhood abuse or neglect, or abusive relationships.With an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion, this group focuses on our capacity for healing and wholeness through connection and self-expression. Art therapy gives voice to experience through visual and symbolic expression while engaging the mind, body, and spirit.
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Girls RISE
An Art Therapy Group for High School Girls
Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm
With Jessica Ziehl
Girls RISE is an art therapy group that focuses on the issues facing high school girls while moving through those challenges with a newfound sense of empowerment. RISE stands for resiliency, identity, self-care, and empowerment. This group will explore these concepts along with self-esteem, relationships, body image, mindfulness, anxiety, social media, depression, self-expression and much more.Art therapy gives voice to experience through visual and symbolic expression while the group environment provides a safe place for the girls to be seen and heard while exploring their thoughts and feelings. When words fail, art prevails.
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Oceans Of Emotions
An Art Therapy Group for Kids Ages 7-10
Mondays 3:30 – 5:00 pm
With Edie Moses
Are your child’s grades dropping? Are family, sibling, and peer relationships becoming strained and difficult? Does your child seem unhappy? This group will utilize unique art therapy interventions to help kids regulate their waves of emotions by using their innate creativity to problem solve and cope, which will ultimately improve negative behavior, increase emotional intelligence, improve self-confidence and overall well being.
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Upcoming Groups

My Anxious Mind: Using Art Therapy to Cope with Anxiety
This group provides a safe space for adults to explore and get acquainted with their anxiety through the use of art therapy. The group setting offers members an opportunity to have peer support through shared experiences. Group members will learn coping skills to help reduce their feelings of anxiety in a safe collaborative environment.
Some other ways art therapy may help with anxiety:

  • Cathartically releasing what could otherwise feel overwhelming.
  • Allows you to look at anxiety rather than be in it.
  • Creates distance between yourself and anxiety in order to lessen anxiety’s control over you.
  • Assists in self-soothing.
  • Helps you reconnect to a side of calm and tranquility.

Art experience is not necessary to participate in art therapy, because when feelings are intense and words fail, art making can carry you forward to new levels of integration.