Art Therapy and Children
Children naturally use art to express themselves at an early age.
Sometimes we may not understand what they are trying to communicate. An art therapist understands how to communicate with children while using art as a means of expression.
Since children have a great ability to share and communicate while making art, it can help them to feel understood. The way that children create is a major key; the colors, the action, the sounds, the movement, and the layering are all important aspects to their communication.
Art therapy can be a fun way to explore thoughts and feelings safely.
Art in the Heart is a community Art Therapy project started by the Florida Art Therapy Association (FATA) at the annual National Art Therapy Association (AATA) Conference in response to the Orlando Tragedy. We are Orlando Strong and have provided workshops across Florida to help those affected by the Orlando Tragedy. This is my piece below.
Art Therapy and Teenagers
Being a teenager today is not an easy job.
Teenagers face a variety of stressors including: changes at home; pressures to achieve at school, and on sports teams; avoiding peer pressure into drugs, alcohol, and sexual activity; bullying, friendships, romance, and trying to "fit in".
While a teenager is trying to figure themselves out, it can be difficult or embarassing to talk to someone. Art therapy is an excellent avenue for teenagers to express themselves in the way that they know how...creatively without judgement. An opportunity to be heard.
& Office Visits
Currently serving South Florida in Palm Beach, Broward, and Dade County.
On-site art therapy services are available in your home, business, camp, or organization.
Office visits are by appointment only at my shared office space in Pompano Beach at The Forum Office Building off I95 N and Atlantic Ave exit, next to John Knox Medical Center.
600 SW 3rd Street
Pompano Beach FL 33060
Sessions can be for individuals, groups, or families.
All sessions are tailored to address your specific needs.
To schedule an appointment or to inquire about services please call:
Sonia Thomas 954-856-3110
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March 24-26 2017
October 20-22, 2017
Camp Erin 2017
Brush Strokes Art Therapy's Sonia Thomas will again conduct the art therapy sessions at the 2017 Camp Erin Camp in Homestead this Spring, March 24-26, 2017 and this Fall on October 20-22, 2017!
We are exctied to offer a free children's bereavement camp to children ages 5-17. Please contact Catholic Hospice in Miami for more information.
Art Therapy and
Art therapy is not just for children, it is for adults too!
Some adults embrace art and use it in their daily lives as either artists, as a hobby, with photography, and even arts and crafts.
Some adults say that they are scared of art because "I draw stick people". Honestly, most adults do draw stick people. Children draw freely because it is fun and they do not compare their work to others until adolescents. As adolescents, we are discovering ourselves and start to notice whom is better at something than you are. At that stage in life we either continue to excel or stop doing things that were once fun. We do this because we are self-critical of our work. The age that you stopped drawing at (say 9-12) is the same level you are still at today. That is why most adults draw "stick people", so no worries!
Art therapy is not about your ability of artistic skill but about your willingness to let go and explore yourself. Art materials are a great way to express, relax, get dirty, and discover new things about yourself; unlike an art class where technique and skill are key. You will learn new techniques in art therapy and you could advance your skills greatly but that is not the goal; unless that is something you would like.
Art therapy can be a great addition to your daily life as well as an additive to your current therapies and medical interventions.
Current Organization Partnerships
Conducting art therapy groups for adults with mild and moderate memory impairments (dementia and Alzheimer's) through the GIRSH Memory Institute at Miami Jewish Health Systems. Groups now in session. RSVP required
ViaMar Health in West Palm Beach, FL
Offering group art therapy sessions to men and women affected by eating disorders. For more information, contact (561) 293-4677
Broward General Medical Center: Oncology
Offering individal and group art therapy sessions to adults in the out-patient infusion center at Broward General in Ft. Lauderdale!
Lynn Cancer Center/ Boca Raton Regional Hospital AND Delray Location
Offering monthly group art therapy session to adults with cancer and their caregivers as part of their support services to the community. Services now extend to their bereavment support group, children's support services, special events (National Cancer Survivor's Day, Canvasing My Journey Through Cancer, and more!)
Groups in Boca are the first Wednesday of the month from 10-11:30 am.
Groups in Delray Beach are the first Tuesday of the month from 11:30-12:30 pm.
Contact the Lynn Cancer Center for more information.
Now offering group art therapy sessions for adult males and females in the IOP and PHP recovering from substance abuse in Boynton Beach, FL.
Brush Strokes Art Therapy,Inc. updated 3/17/2017
All photographs used are original art work by Sonia A. Thomas or client artwork used with permission