Kate King, MA, LPC, ATR-BC
            Kate King Art Therapy & Psychotherapy, PLLC
          8341 Sangre De Cristo Rd. Suite 204. Littleton, CO. 80127
            KateKingTherapy@Gmail.com - 970.319.9960 

Neuroscience Approach to Art Therapy

Our minds and brains are complex entities that influence much of who we are in any given moment. Modern science has uncovered some incredibly inspiring information about how our mood, health, and greater perspective of life can not only be impacted on a deep neurological level, but that it can also be healed and changed much more effectively than previously thought. 

We have learned with the discovery of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to adapt and change its structure) that we can actually change our neural structure by changing our experiences and the way we think--exposing ourselves to new things, trying different activities, and incorporating mindful thinking, for example. This discovery opens the door to exciting opportunities for healing if we can integrate new experiences and thought patterns that facilitate growth rather than stagnation. This includes art making and body-centered practices that Kate can teach you how to successfully weave into your life.

The act of creating art has a powerful effect on the brain because it is inherently somatic, insight-oriented, and calming. It provides a body-centered experience for the purposes of integrating meaning, processing, and awareness in real time in order to build toward healing and growth. In addition, the Art Therapy studio is a "social laboratory" of sorts that allows relational experiences to be identified and investigated through the client/therapist dynamic in a safe setting. This allows for healing in relationships through meaningful trust-building, and investigating together the inner-workings of each client's particular being.

"The making of art acts as a force of integration and interconnectedness of all the brain systems, creating a greater awareness and understanding of the whole experience." --Taken from Art Therapy & the Neuroscience of Relationships, Creativity, & Resiliency by Noah Hass-Cohen.