Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy is an approach which accesses and utilizes the creative process of a person for therapeutic purposes. Through self-expression and subsequent discussion of art, a person can gain greater self-awareness as well as relieve tensions and reconcile internal conflicts. Art therapists are trained in both art and therapy, and work in various modalities (painting, clay, drawing, etc.). Art therapy is often used with children and in institutional settings. In this therapy, creativity is intended to be both healing and life-enhancing.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a verbal therapy that has been demonstrated by many research studies to be the most effective approach for a variety of psychological problems. The therapy relationship is collaborative and goal-oriented, and the focus on thoughts, beliefs, assumptions and behaviors is key. In CBT, the goal is for a person to develop more realistic and rational perspectives, and make healthier behavioral choices, as well as to feel relief from negative emotional states. Specific techniques, strategies and methods are used to help people to improve their mood, relationships and work performance.

Schema Therapy is similar to cognitive therapy in that the focus is on correcting problems in a person’s habitual patterns of thinking and feeling, and corresponding difficulties in his or her behavioral coping style. The focus is on identifying and understanding, and then challenging and overcoming the long-standing maladaptive patterns in thinking, feeling and behavior that create obstacles for a person in getting needs met and attaining life goals. As with standard CBT, the goal is for the person to feel better and enjoy greater life satisfaction.

CTA is a network of experienced therapists in the NY metro area who provide Cognitive Therapy and Schema-Focused Therapy. To inquire about an appointment, please call us at 212-258-2577.

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