Stephanie Musial
ATR-BC, LMHC
14 Cedar Street
Suite 203
Amesbury, MA 01913
(978) 290-0042
smusial@verizon.net

 

 

ART THERAPY & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

What is Art Therapy?

"Discover an increased means of self-expression and an outlet for change."

Art Therapy is a collaboration between client and therapist as they engage in varying means of self-expression.  Self-expression may take form in either verbal or non-verbal interaction.  The simple act of art making may become therapeutic for a client.  Others may find increased meaning and support through the verbal processing of thoughts, feelings, and reactions to their art.  The art therapist serves to support the client in their process.  As well as, to maintain an open conversation with clients and parents/guardians about session goals and therapeutic interventions.

As described by Harriet Wadeson, a pioneer in the field of art therapy:

“Whereas art making can occur in solitude, therapy implies a relationship between at least two people, one of whom is the therapist and one the client….”therapeutic alliance.”

                                                            ~Harriet Wadeson

“Art Therapy is created by the art therapist in concert with her clients and patients.   As in artistic expression, an art therapy encounter is more than paints and brushes; it is the self that the artist puts into it.”      

                                                            ~Harriet Wadeson

What is Mental Health Counseling?

Taken from the MaMHCA (Massa chusetts Mental Health Counselor Association) website:

The definition of mental health counseling is:
"....the provision of professional counseling services involving the application of principles of psycho-therapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families and groups, for the purpose of treating psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health.

The practice of mental health counseling includes, but is not limited to, diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, psychoeducational techniques aimed at prevention of such disorders, consultations to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities, and clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic treatment modalities."
The National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors

The Licensed Mental Health Counselor

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts licenses Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) who have met the education and training criteria set by the Allied Mental Health and Human Services Board of the Division of Professional Licensure.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors are prepared to assist clients to cope with a wide variety of problems and concerns. Mental Health Counselors specialize in many areas such as the emotional problems of anxiety, depression and phobias, child and spouse abuse, family conflict, drug and alcohol abuse, trauma recovery, crime victimization, bereavement, and job and career issues.

For more information regarding licensure and standards contact:
The Division of Registration
Division of Professional Licensure
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617 - 727 - 3080

 


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