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WomenSafe's Art Therapy Program

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is facilitated by a trained art therapist. Clients use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to improve functioning and sense of personal well-being. 

Survivors of domestic violence often struggle to discuss their traumatic experiences. Using art media serves as a bridge between the client and therapist, allowing exploration of feelings at a comfortable pace. 

Art therapy is proven to be an effective trauma treatment. It encourages natural expression at all ability levels, meaning anyone can benefit!

WomenSafe’s Art Therapy Program

WomenSafe’s Art Therapy Program is a free service offered to survivors of domestic violence. The program is offered in the art studio of our emergency shelter in Chardon. 

The program is run by two registered art therapists, Melissa N. and Laurén S., who provide individualized sessions designed to help survivors reach wellness goals through creative expression. 

Our art therapists have extensive knowledge and experience on providing trauma-informed care. They’ve been trained by BRAVO to provide inclusive services to the LGBTQI+ population. 

Benefits of Art Therapy

There are many benefits art therapy provides clients. These include:

  • Eliminates emotional roadblocks 
  • Strengthens problem solving skills
  • Boosts self-awareness
  • Relieves stress
  • Provides a healthy outlet for expressing emotions and fears
  • Stimulates the release of dopamine 
  • Increases self-esteem

Artwork Created by WomenSafe Survivors

How You Can Help

Wondering how you can help our clients tap into their creative side? Consider donating art/craft supplies.

Below is a list of needed items:

  • Paint 
  • Canvas
  • Tape (Masking, Duck, Scotch, Painters)
  • Masks
  • Journals/Sketchbooks
  • Colored Pencils
  • Large Drawing Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Yarn
  • Glue (Clear, Sparkle, etc.)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Air dry Clay
  • Model Magic

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