The Art of Art Therapy and DBT: Q & A with Christen Ann Meyer LCAT ATR-BC

Apr 26, 2023

Welcome to Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc, your trusted source for comprehensive mental health support. In this insightful Q & A, we explore the intersection of art therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Christen Ann Meyer, a highly experienced and licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified art therapist (LCAT ATR-BC).

Understanding the Transformative Power of Art Therapy

Art therapy is a unique and powerful therapeutic approach that utilizes the creative process as a means of expression and self-discovery. It taps into the inherent human capacity for artistic creation and fosters personal growth, self-awareness, and emotional healing.

Christen Ann Meyer explains, "Art therapy allows individuals to explore and communicate their thoughts, emotions, and experiences non-verbally. Through various art materials and techniques, clients can externalize their internal world and gain insights into their subconscious minds."

By engaging in art-making under the guidance of a trained art therapist, individuals can access their inner wisdom, develop self-confidence, and work through emotional challenges. Art therapy has proven to be effective in treating various mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and addiction.

The Synergy of Art Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

In recent years, the integration of art therapy with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has emerged as a powerful combination for individuals seeking lasting change and emotional stability. DBT is a widely recognized evidence-based treatment approach that emphasizes mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Christen Ann Meyer shares, "Art therapy can be seamlessly integrated into the DBT framework to enhance the therapeutic process. The visual and kinesthetic aspects of art-making provide additional avenues for self-expression and self-soothing."

Through art therapy, individuals can deepen their understanding of DBT skills and integrate them into their daily lives. The creative process acts as a mirror, reflecting personal growth and highlighting areas for further exploration and improvement.

Benefits of Art Therapy and DBT in Mental Health Treatment

The combined approach of art therapy and DBT offers a range of benefits for individuals seeking mental health support:

1. Enhancing Emotional Regulation

Art therapy provides a safe and creative outlet for individuals to explore and regulate their emotions. Through the use of artistic materials and techniques, clients can express their emotions in a tangible and therapeutic way.

2. Cultivating Mindfulness

Engaging in art-making promotes mindfulness, as individuals focus on the present moment and the sensory experiences associated with the creative process. This increased awareness can help individuals develop a greater sense of self and reduce stress.

3. Nurturing Self-Discovery

Art therapy encourages self-reflection and fosters self-discovery. By creating art, individuals can gain insights into their thoughts, feelings, and life experiences. This self-exploration can lead to increased self-esteem and personal growth.

4. Developing Coping Skills

Both art therapy and DBT equip individuals with valuable coping skills that can be utilized in challenging situations. The integration of these two modalities allows for a more holistic and comprehensive approach to coping and managing emotions.

5. Building Interpersonal Effectiveness

Art therapy offers a unique opportunity for individuals to explore and improve their interpersonal skills. Through art, individuals can communicate and express themselves in ways that may be difficult through traditional verbal means.

Working with Christen Ann Meyer LCAT ATR-BC

Christen Ann Meyer is an experienced and highly skilled licensed creative arts therapist and board-certified art therapist (LCAT ATR-BC). Drawing upon her extensive knowledge of art therapy and DBT, she provides compassionate and individualized support to individuals seeking mental health and emotional well-being.

Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or other mental health concerns, Christen's expertise in art therapy and DBT can help you navigate through your challenges and empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.

To learn more about the transformative power of art therapy and DBT, and to schedule a session with Christen Ann Meyer, please contact Alison K Bowles, Ma, Lmhc. Your mental health matters, and we are here to support you on your journey toward healing and personal growth.

Lisa Jensen
Great interview on art therapy!
Nov 11, 2023