Expressive Arts Therapy For Teenagers 

A Time Of Great Transition and Change

Teens have so much going on - physical changes, mood swings, social pressures, academic responsibilities, parental expectations, and the all important journey of self-discovery and identity. When a teen experiences a period of distress that is intense and lasts for several weeks, it's recommended to seek professional support.

Making Art Can Help

Creating art in a safe and supportive environment allows teens to explore their thoughts and feelings in a non-threatening way to discover both their inner and outer resources to help them feel better. Poetry, music, mixed-media, song-writing, sculpting and visual journaling are just a few creative outlets that encourage teens to express themselves authentically, reflect on their lives and emerge with a stronger sense of self.

I Work With Teens Who Are Seeking Support For:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Low self-esteem

  • Perfectionism

  • Negative body image

  • Social difficulties

  • Gender identity and/or sexual identity

  • A changing family structure

  • Planning for the future

  • Adjustment to a new city or school

  • Healing from trauma

  • Grieving the loss of a loved one

It's important to find someone that you and your teen can trust and feel comfortable with. A healthy therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the healing process. I offer a complimentary phone consultation to discuss how I can best support you and your loved ones.

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it.  It just blooms."

- Zen Shin

Natalie S. Cruz, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

Natalie@thedancingcanvas.com

858-692-3443

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