Trauma-informed art therapy group

The utilization of art making as intervention has been especially impactful as a gateway for communication and connection between body and mind.

It allows us to tap into our subconscious to externalize things we may have difficulty verbalizing, such as traumatic experiences. The act of making art can foster the release and containment of thoughts, memories and emotions. Trauma is often stored in our bodies and can affect the physical safety or control we feel in our body. Manipulating materials, noticing physical sensations and feeling control over the creation of something outside of ourselves can inform that sense of safety.

"Expressive arts help people discover just what forms of expression will be self-regulating, communicate their experiences in reparative ways, imagine restorative narratives, and ultimately support recovery."

- Cathy Malchiodi