Creative Family Therapies of Iowa provides trauma-informed mental health counseling and art therapy services to children, teens, adults, and families in Des Moines, Iowa. Through the use of art therapy, talk psychotherapy, and creative modalities, Creative Family Therapies of Iowa is here to support your needs.

Therapy can be a new and challenging journey, but it can also change your life for the better.

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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy (also referred to as art psychotherapy) is a mental health profession that utilizes the use of creative visual art interventions in order to address mental health concerns. According to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), "art therapy is an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship". Art therapy services are provided by a professionally trained art therapist. Art therapy requires a Masters level or higher education.

What are the benefits of Art Therapy?

Art therapy "effectively supports personal and relational treatment goals, as well as community concerns. Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self- esteem and self-awareness,

cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change" (AATA, 2017). All people can benefit from the healing power of art. You do not need to be an artist to participate in art therapy services.