Art Therapy Support Groups in Modesto, CA

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Highly Sensitive Persons Womens Group
Art Therapist, PhD, MA, ATR-BC
Verified
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"This group is open to HSP women. It focuses on life events, relationships and sensitivities through the use of art materials and specialized projects. Self-awareness, independence, and improved self-esteem are the goals of the group. Using the art and group ..."
(208) 656-2003
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Modesto, CA 95350
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Depression Group
Art Therapist, PhD, MA, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
"This group is an open group that meets one Monday per month for those who are needing some creative healing to work on their depression or grief and loss in a small group setting. Max of 8-10 people per group ..."
(208) 656-2003
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Group meets in:
Modesto, CA 95350

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Photo of UniQue ImAging, Art Therapist in Modesto, CA
Highly Sensitive Persons Womens Group
Art Therapist, PhD, MA, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
"This group is open to HSP women. It focuses on life events, relationships and sensitivities through the use of art materials and specialized projects. Self-awareness, independence, and improved self-esteem are the goals of the group. Using the art and group ..."
(208) 656-2003
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Group meets in:
Modesto, CA 95350
Photo of UniQue ImAging, Art Therapist in Modesto, CA
Depression Group
Art Therapist, PhD, MA, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
"This group is an open group that meets one Monday per month for those who are needing some creative healing to work on their depression or grief and loss in a small group setting. Max of 8-10 people per group ..."
(208) 656-2003
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Group meets in:
Modesto, CA 95350

Art Therapy Support Groups

How does art therapy work?

The process of making art allows people to express themselves. Art-making can take many forms, such as painting, collage, or sculpting. The therapist asks questions that the work elicits, such as how the person felt while creating their piece, or if any memories surfaced that they can discuss. The therapist will then work with the patient to process their experience, understand themselves better, and work toward change.

Does art therapy help with trauma?

Art therapy can be a valuable treatment option for those suffering from trauma. Traumatic experiences such as combat, rape, or childhood abuse can be so painful that articulating them can be too scary or painful; creating art allows people to express themselves without words, and tell their story in a different way. The physical nature of creating art can also help people feel rooted in the body, which may benefit those who feel disconnected from their body in the aftermath of trauma.

How long does art therapy last?

The duration of art therapy varies, but a common length for treatment is 10 to 15 weekly sessions. Some people may see improvement in just a few weeks, while others may choose to remain in therapy longer term. Patients should periodically discuss their goals with their therapist to make sure the two are aligned on process and progress.

What are the limitations of art therapy?

Art therapy is helpful for many people, but a limitation is that it doesn’t have as robust an evidence base as other forms of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy or acceptance and commitment therapy. The evidence on art therapy is mixed; some research demonstrates its benefits, while other research suggests that it has little impact on patients.




What is the difference between Group Therapy and a Support Group?
Modesto Support Groups and Group Therapy both offer a safe place to explore important issues. It is important, however, to understand the difference between the two.

Group therapy in Modesto is led by a therapist, group psychotherapist, or group counselor, and is generally structured around an issue. The therapist guides the group through a program as the group works together to better understand thoughts and feelings. Experienced therapists lead psychotherapy groups for various ages, such as adults, and specific issues including anger management, anxiety, and coping skills.

Support groups in Modesto are usually facilitated by a therapist or counselor, but can also be led by members with lived experiences. Generally, a support group is less structured than a therapy group. Support groups bring together members to provide support and strength to each other, often around a common challenge such as addiction or grief.

Most therapy groups will meet for a fixed length of time with a consistent group of members, while many support groups meet for an indefinite period of time with members coming and going.