Art Therapy and Children
Children naturally use art to express themselves at an early age.
Sometimes we may not understand what they are trying to communicate. An art therapist understands how to communicate with children while using art as a means of expression.
Since children have a great ability to share and communicate while making art, it can help them to feel understood. The way that children create is a major key; the colors, the action, the sounds, the movement, and the layering are all important aspects to their communication.
Art therapy can be a fun way to explore thoughts and feelings safely.
Brush Strokes Art Therapy, Inc. Receives the 2014, Best Business of Pompano Beach
We recently received the Best Businesses of Pompano Beach Award for Counseling and Mental Health! Thank you Pompano Beach for this amazing award!
Please see the Press Release below!
I AM THE NEW
So happy to be the new Mommy Master of January 2014! Thank you to Mommy Masters for recognizing me as a mother and a business woman. Please click on the link below to view this article at MommyMasters.com
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT ART THERAPY?
If you are an individual, business or organization and are interested in learning more about art therapy or how art therapy can be used in your home or place of business, please feel free to contact me.
I am happy to discuss the benefits of art therapy and how it can enhance your current programing.
Art Therapy and Teenagers
Being a teenager today is not an easy job.
Teenagers face a variety of stressors including: changes at home; pressures to achieve at school, and on sports teams; avoiding peer pressure into drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity; bullying, friendships, romance, and trying to "fit in".
While a teenager is trying to figure themselves out, it can be difficult or embarassing to talk to someone. Art therapy is an excellent avenue for teenagers to express themselves in the way that they know how...creatively without judgement. An opportunity to be heard.
Currently serving South Florida in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade County.
On-site art therapy services are available in your home, business, camp, or organization.
Sessions can be for individuals, groups, or families.
All sessions are tailored to address your specific needs.
To schedule an appointment or to inquire about services please call:
Sonia Thomas 954-856-3110
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February 27- March 1, 2015
Ft. Lauderdale Camp:
May 15-17, 2015
Camp Erin 2015
Brush Strokes Art Therapy's Sonia Thomas will again conduct the art therapy sessions at the 2015 Camp Erin Camps!
We are exctied to offer a free children's bereavement camp to children ages 5-17. Please contact Catholic Hospice in Miami for more information.
Beginning this summer, conducting art therapy at Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale on the adult oncology unit.
Conducting group art therapy sessions for seniors to explore their creativity, remininsce, problem solve and to socialize and bond with their peers.
Assisting Guild's Club with art therapy focused on grief counseling for adults and children. Providing a fall art therapy intern to bring art therapy to their clients.
Art Therapy and
Art therapy is not just for children, it is for adults too!
Some adults embrace art and use it in their daily lives as either artists, as a hobby, with photography, and even arts and crafts.
Some adults say that they are scared of art because "I draw stick people". Honestly, most adults do draw stick people. Children draw freely because it is fun and they do not compare their work to others until adolescents. As adolescents, we are discovering ourselves and start to notice whom is better at something than you are. At that stage in life we either continue to excel or stop doing things that were once fun. We do this because we are self-critical of our work. The age that you stopped drawing at (say 9-12) is the same level you are still at today. That is why most adults draw "stick people", so no worries!
Art therapy is not about your ability of artistic skill but about your willingness to let go and explore yourself. Art materials are a great way to express, relax, get dirty, and discover new things about yourself; unlike an art class where technique and skill are key. You will learn new techniques in art therapy and you could advance your skills greatly but that is not the goal; unless that is something you would like.
Art therapy can be a great addition to your daily life as well as an additive to your current therapies and medical interventions.
Current Organization Partnerships
Now conducting art therapy groups for adutls with mild memory impairments at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Groups now in session.
Providing art therapy groups to youth campers dealing with the death of a loved one. An amazing camp through Hospice By the Sea, Boca Raton.
Providing art therapy groups to youth caregivers that give their time and energy to care for an ill family member. Camp Treasure, Boca Raton.
THE BEAUTIFUL GATE-
Cancer support and resource center
Offering group art therapy sessions to women with breast cancer and men with prostate cancer, monthly at both Dade and Broward office locations.
NEW FOUND LIFE, DELRAY BEACH
Offering group art therapy sessions to men and women on their journey to sobriety.
Beachway Therapy Center, Delray Beach
Offering group art therapy sessions to adult male and females on their path to sobriety.
Lynn Cancer Center/ Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Now offering monthly group art therapy session to adults with cancer and their caregivers as part of their support services to the community.
Groups are the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 am. Contact the Lynn Cancer Center for more information.
Now offering group art therapy sessions with teens recovering from substance abuse.
Brush Strokes Art Therapy,Inc. updated 4/6/2015
All photographs used are original art work by Sonia A. Thomas or client artwork used with permission