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Art Therapy can be beneficial for clients of all ages, as young as preschool age right up through the senior years of life. Barbara Robertson Art Therapy LLC serves individuals and families with many different kinds of challenges, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, life transitions adjusting to new circumstances, bereavement, and attachment and relationship difficulties.

Art Therapy?

Are you struggling to deal with painful emotions on a daily basis? Are you experiencing conflict in relationships that once felt supportive? Are you wondering why you feel so edgy at times, and not at other times? Or perhaps, long ago, you experienced an event, or perhaps more than one, that you found overwhelming, even traumatic. It is sometimes true that people feel they have gotten over a traumatic event and have let go of the past, but they may be mistaken. It is very common for people to experience fear and anxiety on a daily basis as a result of past experience, but never put the two together.

If you felt some connection to these questions and reside in or near Baltimore, MD, I may be able to help you find some answers. I am a licensed and board certified art therapist. For more than 15 years, I have been using art as a tool to help people develop insight and grow in their chosen direction. Expressive art therapy has a proven track record of bringing healing and closure for many people with experiences like yours. I can guide you to use expressive art-making in therapy to help you emerge from the hold of past experience.

Art can be relaxing, even soothing, when you trust that your work won’t be judged for how ‘pretty’ it is. Art therapists respect every kind of stroke on the page as a reflection of your individual experience. Clients begin to feel comfortable expressing their feelings through art as they realize what this kind of acceptance feels like. Being able to “look at your emotions” as they appear in your creative work is an awesome way to begin the healing process.

At Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, some of my clients are dealing with challenging life transitions, others with mental health disorders, and some have complex situations involving both. Many come to me after trying talk therapy and becoming frustrated with the process. They anticipate finding more success working with me in art therapy, because instead of just using words, I allow my clients the chance to express themselves in a creative manner. This way they learn more about their strengths, their choices, and their own inner wisdom, making it easier for them to cope well and move forward with their lives.

If you are dealing with feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, or have a diagnosed mental illness, please consider making an appointment with me at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, easily accessible from the Baltimore, MD region. Unlike talk therapy, I use art as the primary method, and talk to support the process for helping patients open up and heal. There is no reason to live in fear or frustration any longer.

Creativity is Key

Do you have a child facing a challenge, such as not fitting in easily with peers? Are you or your child on the autism spectrum? Are you searching for a way to cope with a difficult situation? Or are you feeling stuck with a situation you’d like to change, but just haven’t been able to? If so, it’s time to consider creative art therapy for yourself or your child. At Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, I have been offering this innovative service to both adults and children for more than 15 years. My office is located just outside of Bowie, MD, and I have convenient daytime and evening hours available.

Many of my clients find out about creative art therapy after searching online for treatment options. Many have never heard of this approach. At Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, I know the positive impact this type of therapy can have on people dealing with a multitude of life challenges.

Art therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that engages the client in creative activity, and as a result, awakens the brain to new and creative solutions to the problem. Making art allows my clients to open up about their emotions and to view their lives and their challenges from a new perspective. Art is a language that everyone understands on some level, and using it as treatment has been beneficial for many people.

And no, it’s likely not true that you “are not a creative person,” though many people harbor that belief. As humans, we are endowed with the ability to be creative; it’s easy to see in young children. Often, we adults just need to get reacquainted with our innate ability to be imaginative. Once we’re back in touch with how it feels, it becomes a tool we can employ in any sort of circumstance, good for solving all sorts of problems.

Creative therapy has shown to be beneficial in many circumstances. Art helps individuals tap into a different part of their brain, allowing them to express themselves in a way that goes beyond words. I use many different techniques to help my patients heal. No two cases are treated in quite the same way; each treatment plan is developed in collaboration with the individual client, based on their own goals for the changes they want to see in their lives.

If you are interested in cultivating your own creativity through art therapy, or wish to help a loved one, be sure to make an appointment with me at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC. My office is a short drive from Bowie, MD, and I have helped many clients in the surrounding region. Come visit me at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC to see if art therapy is a good match for your needs.

Children and Teens

Does your child seem to be easily frustrated? Does the frustration quickly escalate into anger? Are you looking for a way to help them cope with these difficult emotions? If you answered yes to these questions and live in or near Annapolis or Stevensville, MD, art therapy may be a good treatment option for your family. Here at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, I have been using creative art forms in my practice as a way for children and teens to learn to manage their emotions in a more productive manner.

Emotions are often difficult for kids to handle, especially anger. Parents feel overwhelmed when their child seems angry all the time. Most of the time, these kids know they are angry, but they may not know why, or what to do about it. That’s where I can help. My art therapy practice has been successfully helping kids of all ages, even as young as 3 or 4 years old, learn why they feel the way they do, and how they can handle those feelings in safe and healthy ways. With more than 15 years of experience, nearly ten of them as an art therapist for the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry units at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., I am a leading child art therapy practitioner in the area.

Art is a safe tool that everyone understands, especially young children who have yet to become self-conscious about their art skills. Most kids just love to draw and paint. And most teens would MUCH rather draw or doodle than sit across from a stranger and talk about whatever is bothering them. My clients often find it easier to express themselves through their creative process in making art. I have helped many children burdened with trauma, loss, emotional disorders, and the not-so-minor problems of simply growing up, learn to cope with their challenges in healthy and creative ways.

If your child or teen is struggling in some way, I may be able to help them at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC. Just call for a consultation. Adding art therapy to your child’s treatment plan may be just what they need.

Adults of All Ages

Have you just gone through a difficult time in your life? Are you struggling to cope with the mixed emotions you keep feeling every day? Do you want to seek help? Do you feel doubtful about being able to put your problems into words with a total stranger as your therapist? If this sounds familiar to you, I may be able to help you learn more about yourself and the choices you have within your grasp, at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC. I am a board-certified art therapist, licensed by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, in practice for more than 15 years in the Washington, DC region. Adult art therapy is a relatively recent approach to treatment that may be able to help you cope, or even heal from old concerns you thought would never really go away.

After an unpleasant life situation, many people bottle up their emotions. Over time, these emotions may cause pain and distress that could be avoided if those emotions could somehow be released. Creative counseling may be able to help. At Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, I use art therapy as a way to help my patients get in touch with themselves, their inner lives and their authentic feelings. Under the pressures we all face during the various phases of adulthood, it’s not unusual to find ourselves feeling out of touch with who we once were, or thought we were.

Art is a fun activity that most people enjoy, at least once that “inner critic” is persuaded to settle down and be quiet! (We all have one, you know.) Art provides an opportunity for exploration and self-expression. You would be surprised what people can communicate during a creative counseling session. Even things that are too difficult to put into words can be shown through lines, shapes and colors, or by shaping forms in clay. Allowing your emotions the chance to develop and be felt is the first step to healing. At Barbara Robertson Art Therapy, LLC, I strive to find an art process that works for each client individually.

No one should live in turmoil or distress. If your life seems out of control or simply more challenging than it seems like it should be, consider art therapy with me at my office near Washington, DC. For more than 15 years, I have been helping clients heal. No matter how you feel right now, I am ready to use art with you to strike a path toward peace of mind and whole-hearted living, guided by your own inner creativity.

Call or send a message to arrange a consultation here at Barbara Robertson Art Therapy LLC to learn more about how I might help you.

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