Expressive Arts Therapy For Children & Families

Authentic Expression

Children are naturally spontaneous, creative and imaginative. Painting, sculpting, writing stories, making music, dancing or playing games can all help children learn important coping skills to identify, express and manage their emotions. Their art can hold great meaning and at other times its the process (what happens with the materials) that holds great importance or meaning.

I Support Children Who Are Struggling With:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Low self-esteem

  • Perfectionism

  • Social difficulties

  • Negative body image

  • Strained interpersonal relationships

  • A changing family structure

  • Adjustment to a new city or school

  • Gender identity

  • Healing from trauma

  • Grieving the loss of a loved one

Benefits of Expressive Arts Therapy for Children:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Inspire renewed interest, resilience and hope

  • Learn new coping skills

  • Improve problem solving skills

  • Develop assertiveness and self-esteem

  • Cultivate self-compassion

  • Build emotional awareness and empowerment

  • Nurture creativity and authentic expression

"Children are naturally creative. It is our job to give them the freedom, materials and space to let their creativity blossom to its full potential."

- Jean Van't Hul

Natalie S. Cruz, MA, REAT #2003

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist

Natalie@thedancingcanvas.com

858-692-3443

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