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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy is available to McKnight Place Skilled Nursing residents as part of both group and individual sessions. This proven form of psychotherapy is enjoyable and has numerous benefits for our residents.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy at McKnight Place Skilled Nursing is used to restore functioning and improve wellbeing. It integrates the creative process of art making with models of psychotherapy. This  promotes relaxation, positive mood, cognitive stimulation, self-esteem, and memory recall. Art can be used as an alternative means of communication and may improve symptoms of depression, grief, and anxiety.

This form of therapy is adaptable and can be tailored for anyone and any ability. Art therapy isn’t about creating a perfect or beautiful masterpiece, but about the many benefits the art process offers by being action-oriented while also tapping into the creative process. Individuals are able to feel a sense of creative accomplishment. As a result, art therapy can increase confidence, boost self-esteem, and ease depression.

How is art therapy beneficial for the residents at McKnight Place?

In art therapy sessions at McKnight Place Skilled Nursing, residents create a tangible product to reflect a permanent record of personal meanings, experiences, and feelings. One-on-one and small group session are available. Group activities promote, encourage, and enhance healthy interactions with others. These meaningful connections help our residents to reaffirm a sense of self and maintain a sense of belonging while maximizing quality of life. By focusing on meaningful interactions, participants become distracted from anxiety, pain, depression, and more.

We use art for tactile and sensory stimulation. This is wonderful for residents with varied physical capabilities, and even helpful for residents who have difficulties with vision. Motor abilities can be improved by exercising the hands and fingers through the manipulation of art materials. Working with the art therapist helps our residents feel positive about their work as they begin to see they are capable of many things.

By offering specific themes or topics of focus through art directives, McKnight Place’s art therapist is able to stimulate residents’ cognitive function. This helps maintain or even increase short and long term memory recall, and can expand attention span. Art therapy helps those who have difficulty expressing their feelings due to a diminished ability to verbalize. It can also provide a means of expression for those who are unable to speak at all.  In art therapy, the goal is not about what is created, but about what the art process offers.

Learn more.

McKnight Place offers group and private art therapy sessions. Please contact us for more information about our programs or to schedule your own personalized tour.