• Jessica Hernandez, LMFT

Art-ing is Good for the Soul

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

This is why I love bringing art into the therapy room. Not literal pieces of art that someone else has made-although that's certainly nice to look at! I'm talking about art prompts and projects for my clients to work with in session. Why? Art--drawing, creative writing, painting, dancing, making music, etc, is not only good for focusing the mind and expressing oneself visually, but it's also healthy for the brain and healing for the soul as well.

Personally, I have found making art (whether it's deemed "good art" or "crappy art") incredibly therapeutic as it gives my unconscious mind a voice and a visual outlet. It's a great non-verbal tool to process our emotions, especially the intense ones such as anger, pain, sadness, frustration. Through making art I find deeper meaning in my every day life and discover insights and pieces of my life experience that help me feel more connected: to myself, to others, and to the world around us.

If you weren't afraid of what people would think, what type of art would you like to try?

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As a Psychotherapist (Marriage & Family Therapist), Jessica provides Silicon Valley, CA residents, including Palo Alto, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Menlo Park, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Stanford, San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Almaden, South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Boulder Creek, Ben Lomond, Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz with Individual Psychotherapy, Therapy, Ecotherapy, EFT, Tapping, Online Therapy, Life Coaching, and Counseling for: anxiety, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder, introverts, divorce/relationship issues, self-esteem, co-dependency, stress management, mindfulness, spiritual exploration, abuse survivors, HSP's, Empaths, work/life balance, trauma, and more.