art therapy: proven to help

Your art speaks for you.

  Clinical art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that has proven especially successful in treating PTSD for veterans because art therapy allows them to communicate their emotional and traumatic experiences without relying strictly on words. Engaging all five senses in directed art projects allows clients to access and reprocess fragmented traumatic memories. 

Art therapy isn't art class.

You don't have to be an artist to do art therapy. The process of art making enables you to express yourself in ways that you may not be able or willing to express in words. Board-Certified art therapists guide you to look at your work from different perspectives, providing a safe environment to find resolution and develop a more positive sense of self-identity and reconnect with your civilian world.  Ars Bellum’s group art therapy programs use evidence-based art therapy practices to help veterans and affected family members deal with intrusive mental health symptoms and rebuild resiliency.  

What art therapy does do...

  •  Encourages and builds trust with the art therapist in a safe environment
  • Establishes a sense of community and belonging with peers
  • Provides a safe, confidential outlet for feelings such as fear, guilt, pain, rage, shame, and anger
  • Enhances a Veteran’s personal strengths and sense of self-worth
  • Improves communication skills and emotional regulation
  • Enables Veterans to communicate traumatic memories, relieve stress, and reduce symptoms of trauma related disorders through nonverbal expression using the art materials
  • Assists in processing grief and loss, working through moral conflict, and processing difficult relationship issues
  • Teaches strategies and skills to minimize the impact of intrusive symptoms in daily life
  • Rebuilds resiliency and helps with reconnecting families and communities