The ART of Expression & Self Discovery
It can be hard to put into words exactly how depression feels—and not all teens experience depression the same way. Some kids can be savvy and say words that they know we want to hear rather than their true feelings. Due to these tricky issues, teens need options for self expression and self discovery.
Art therapy, like talk therapy, is a means of connecting with emotions only instead of words, creative expression becomes the outlet. Art forms most often used by therapists include: painting, drawing, journaling, sculpting, crafts, and drama/storytelling. These therapies can occur one-on-one or in family or group settings. Individual & Group art therapy can be helpful in building trust in oneself and others. The ability to create something that is not criticized yet which reveals inner feelings is empowering. On the other hand, group art therapy sessions tend to promote positive connections with other people – something which plays a key role in overcoming depression.
Creative Art gets youth out of their heads and into their bodies!
MUSIC is what feelings sound like!
Many youth struggle greatly with sharing or expressing their feelings. When these feelings are not released in a healthy way, this can lead them to just explode or find an unhealthy way to suppress them. Music can give them the creative outlet they need to release their overwhelm, share their story, and begin connecting with others who may understand how they feel. Now they don't feel so alone.
These music sessions may involve any combination of creating, listening to, dancing to, or singing music, music improvisation, receptive music listening, songwriting, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music. This form of healing and expression is not based on an adolescent being forced to perform music, nor is it based on a teen’s ability to play music. In fact, it is not about the music itself, but rather, the experience of the teen which the music brings about. Getting teens to express and share through music can be very useful in a variety of areas including: noticing thought patterns, belief systems, and habits; recognizing emotions they were unaware of; making connections between behaviors and thoughts or feelings; recognizing feelings and thoughts related to their interaction with others; and improving confidence and self-worth.
Music will definitely bring us together!!