Art Therapy for children

Children and Teenagers

Art is a natural means of expression for children of all ages. Art therapy is a form of therapy, recognized and reimbursed by most complementary insurances, which uses this creative path to help children "talk" in a supportive and reassuring environment.

In my office I take care of children of all ages facing difficulties in:

During the art therapy sessions, I encourage children to use art materials and techniques (painting, clay, collage etc.) and give themes that cover different aspects of life. (identity, body image, emotions, school, friends, dreams, etc.).

Through this gentle and reassuring process, the children improve self-knowledge, self-confidence and regain their driving forces necessary for their development.

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Tip: Make sure that there are always art materials on your table and that kids can paint at any time! 

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How does a kid benefit from art therapy?

The objectives can vary according to the needs of each child. The first session is usually considered an evaluation session where objectives can be set in agreement with the parents and the child. 

Some general art therapy objectives:

Are we supposed to discuss about sessions at home?

It is better to avoid discussing the content of the art therapy sessions at home during the therapeutic period. This may provoke tension and stress or even misunderstandings and fights due to the absence of the therapist. The therapist is the one who holds the session and keeps the emotional balance (space and time limits, reflection, aware of issues of transference and counter-transference).

Art therapy journals are recommended instead as a way of better understanding the therapeutic process and recording the progress made. 

How does art therapy help in stressful situations?

Art therapy can be especially useful after stressful events, such as the parents separation, loss of a loved person or serious illness and before/after a hospital operation. If you anticipate a difficult family situation, it can be helpful for a child to develop a therapeutic relationship prior to the event.

Parents should seek the help of an art therapist if they see the following signs:

1. Strong and persistent negative emotions, like prolonged crying.

2. Panic attacks.

3. Frequent angry outbursts and any kind of violence.

4. Emotional and/or developmental regression. 

5. Social withdrawal.

6. Selective mutism.

How many sessions will my child need?

It is really difficult to answer this question as all kids have different needs. 

However, a minimum of 8 sessions is required for kids to feel comfortable and start trusting the therapist. Art has the power to offer instant relief to patients of all ages, but we need a certain number of meetings in order to have a reliable improvement in terms of the childs' behaviour. 

Should parents be present during the session?

This depends on the child's age and behaviour. 

As the child is getting older, around 10-12- years old, the presence of a parents is unnecessary, unless there are family issues that need to be adressed too. However, parents might be asked to be present during the first art therapy session for a better evaluation of the situation and the child. 

Case studies

This case study briefly describes the progress made by a child in primary school.

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This group therapy took place during the COVID-19 pandemic to alleviate the effects of social isolation of children and their mothers.

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