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Art therapy

What is art therapy?
Art therapy is both non-verbal and verbal manifestation of the human soul, emotions, thoughts, sufferings and feelings. It is the reflection in the art form of an internal, deeply healing therapeutic process with the purpose of the harmonisation of the physical, psychic and emotional health totality. In other words - art helps to get rid of emotional sufferings, crises, psychic, social and relations conflicts using therapeutic means, facilitates the self-comprehension and self-growth of the personality. Art develops creativity, liberates, improves and harmonises.

The world practice of art therapy has been developed since the early 20th century; it is based on the scientific proof and studies, integrating several branches of psychotherapy, Freudís psychoanalysis and Jungís analytical therapy. It is a new direction of health care in Latvia, which successfully provides the possibility of additional modern treatment to patients, based on the understanding, development and furtherance of the personís own internal resources. With the assistance of art, it is possible to identify even very deep emotional processes in the subconscious, which, in turn, it is difficult to express in words. It is art as therapy that assists in healing humans, developing artistry and creativity. The art therapist helps to produce answers to internal questions, and, thanks to various art methods and techniques, leads to the solution of the internal conflicts and to positive emotions.

For whom art therapy is suitable?
For everybody (both adults and children), who interested in it and who wishes to be involved in it. No prior artistic skills and knowledge are necessary.

Art therapy for special patient/client groups:
For women with various chronic diseases, internal conflicts, relations problems and anxiety
Art as a diagnostic method helps to understand the roots of the personís problems, to identify even deep traumatic experience and to comprehend it. Through making art, the woman experiences strong emotions, which assist in the healing of oneís internal universe, self-understanding and resolution of oneís own problems. Art produces several positive emotions, harmonises and develops the human personality, cures depression, helps to avoid anxiety.

For pregnant women and women during the post-natal period
The identity of the woman changes during pregnancy, when she becomes mother. Confusion, anxiety, fear and lack of safety are frequent features of the woman, who frequently has medical complications during the pregnancy period as well. Negative experiences during the earlier births, post-natal depression, fear of being misunderstood, fear of losing oneís child, fear of giving birth, fear of partnersí relations, anger Ė all of those produce additional load and stress for the nervous system, influencing the progress of giving birth and the post-natal period. The self-adjustment using art therapy during pregnancy helps the woman to resolve the unresolved conflicts between persons and internal conflicts, to facilitate the self-control, self-respect, the woman is more and more attracted to the expected baby, understands and identifies herself as a future mother; it also reduces the birth and pregnancy complications and assists in avoiding post-natal depression.
For children: art therapy assists in solving the behaviour and learning problems and in surviving the crisis situations.

How do the art therapy sessions take place?
We use different art materials and techniques in our work:
pastel, crayon, water colour, gouache, acrylic, clay, plastic, creation of collages, applications and installations, glass painting, utilisation of natural materials etc.

The approach to work is absolutely creative and free, directed also at the facilitation of the patientís creativity.

Everything shown and told during an art therapistís (similar to doctorís) visit is absolutely confidential.

Individual and group sessions are organised and correspondingly adjusted to the needs and wishes of each patient/client, usually once a week. At least 10-12 sessions are recommended for a course.

How to apply for a consultation?

By calling personally: +371 29 22 8126 or by writing to the following e-mail address:
Dr. Dita Baumane-Auza
The address:
386/2- 42A BrÓvÓbas gatve, Riga LV-1029, Latvia; ďAPERTOĒ Ltd.

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