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Art
Therapy

Art therapy integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being. The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.”

When our clients see, hold, touch, use something that they made, they get to know themselves and their style. Using their creativity helps them accept, enjoy, and appreciate the unique work of art that they are.

ARM ‘s art therapy programs have included sewing, drawing body maps, as well as using art work to depict their interests, feelings, experiences, hopes and dreams.

Recreation
Therapy


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According to the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, “Recreational Therapy means a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person’s level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition.”Hobbies and recreation makes our clients feel alive, awakens their senses, improves their moods and provides a purpose. Participating in recreational activities (such as exercise, sports or music) enhances their functioning, independence, and their well-being. Relieving stress through recreation is recommended for individuals affected with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
We help them play and recapture enjoyment that many of them missed in their childhoods. When they discover what is fun for them to do, they discover new parts of themselves, heal pain and find enjoyment in life’s activities. Fun is inherently therapeutic.
We ask our clients questions like these to help them “re-create” themselves:

  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • What makes you feel warm, nourished, cozy, alive?
  • What brings you a sense of adventure?
  • What peaks your curiosity?

ARM’s recreational programs include sensory sunset hikes, enjoyable exercising, making homemade healthy treats, and attending cultural and sporting events.

Movement
Therapy

The purpose of somatic movement education and therapy is to enhance human function and body-mind integration through movement awareness according to the International Somatic Movement Therapy Association (ISMETA).Movement and Somatic Work focuses on seeing the body as a sound and whole. Through body awareness and movement exercises, we teach our clients to notice what is happening inside of their bodies and allow them to connect with what they feel. Our students learn ways to undo and release the ways their bodies were violated, impacted, and imprinted from the abuse.

We work to heal the body to rejuvenate and regenerate, making whole what has felt disconnected. Movement is change and that is what our clients do as they move.

ARM’s movement therapy programs include a variety of body awareness activities, drama therapy, all kinds of exercising including gentle stretching and Pilates, dancing and finding their rhythms through playing instruments.