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Art therapy can change your life, and that’s just as true in St. Petersburg Florida as it is anywhere else. Perhaps even more than elsewhere, given all the opportunities you have in St. Pete to do art therapy yourself. But even if we’re seeking out therapeutic artistry, it can be hard to find, and even harder to gauge the value of. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together some of the best options in the Tampa Bay area for doing art therapy on your own terms.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso
Art therapy is about making the creative process lighthearted. Pottery classes at The Hive make pottery-making playful and fun. By partaking in pottery, you get to shape something with the gentleness of your bare hands, and that can be very powerful. In art therapy, we get to build things with our hands that make us better understand ourselves. You don’t have to be an expert, you just need to be willing to immerse yourself in the creative process. By taking the first step and choosing to learn a new discipline, you are opening yourself up to new experiences.
One of the easiest ways for anything to grab you is by engaging your senses in a novel way. Candle making fully engages your sense of smell to create an experience that can be both artistic and therapeutic. The process of mixing wax and essential oils is both creative and alchemical. At the end, you will have engaged your senses to create something meaningful, tangible, and entirely yours.
Making art in the open air has been helping human beings cope with their feelings for as long as there have been human beings and open air. Collage is an artistic process that takes many pieces and rearranges them into one larger cohesive image. The art of collage finds itself at home in the realm of papercraft, music, and yes, even Fort De Soto Beach. Walk along the shore collecting shells that catch your eye, then start arranging them in the sand. Now, just by starting to make a piece of art, you’d be setting yourself up for success in a number of ways, but by doing it in this way, at this beach, you’re opening up a few unique opportunities to engage with all your major senses. Our minds and bodies are deeply connected, by engaging with your senses, you are acknowledging that connection on a physical level.
It can be tough to get started as an artist. Especially as beginners, when we turn our attention onto ourselves, our eye is far too critical and not nearly nurturing enough. One of the things that changed my life when I began my journey in both therapy and art is my set of watercolor paints. It’s easy to set up, all you need is paper, paint, and water. Best of all, you can make something that looks pretty with no prior experience in painting. So take a trip down to Lassing Park (the greatest place in St. Pete), set your supplies down, and give yourself permission to go on an artistic journey.
“The art of making art is putting it together.” – Stephen Sondheim
Integrative Counsel proudly offers virtual Art Therapy with Quinn. Quinn uses virtual art therapy to treat individuals with OCD and Anxiety, as well as those undergoing a major life transition or adjustment and are experiencing grief. Click here to schedule your virtual art therapy session!
Sunny Ebsary is a writer and singer-songwriter from Tampa, FL. When he’s not sing-songwriting or just regular writing, he’s probably drinking water with a lot of ice, having a staring contest with his cat, or giving people great ideas. You can listen to Sunny’s music here.
November 30, 2023
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