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In today’s day and age, stress and anxiety have crept their way into our lives. College students with a stressful study environment can really find themselves helpless at this point in life. Our program extends support to students in need of help by providing a safe and creative space in which they can express their worries, concerns and feelings. Our expert therapists and their techniques have proven to be effective in reaching even the toughest of teens!
Psychological disorders can be assessed, analyzed, and treated, improving mental health and emotional wellness with the help of experts.



How does Art Therapy work?

Well, the name is pretty self-explanatory. With the help of a trained therapist, you create art which is then analyzed by them. This acts as a bridge between students and the therapist which can become a medium of dialogue between them, either verbally or through the immersive art work.

Our art therapists are trained in both artistic principles and psychotherapy, and understand how the process of art can be beneficial for people to communicate their thoughts and feelings without any barrier.

Why art therapy?

Art therapy sessions are used alongside other psychotherapy techniques, such a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Group Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to achieve the very best results.

Research shows that positive results can be achieved when art therapy is used as a complementary therapy to treat:

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • cognitive impairments

  • eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia

  • emotional difficulties

  • family or relationship problems

  • psychological symptoms associated with medical issues, such as cancer or disability

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • psychological issues

  • stress

  • substance use / dependency.

Art therapy, along with other creative interventions, can be a powerful tool in therapy, to help us assess, treat and improve a variety of mental, physical and emotional conditions.


What are the Benefits of using Art Therapy with Teenagers and Young Adults?


The benefits of using art as a therapy with teenagers and young adults include:

  • Art therapy provides an opportunity for young people to express themselves without being limited by the words and narratives of the adults in their lives. It opens up the opportunity to be really and truly understood, on their own terms.

  • In cases where our teenagers and young adults find their issues too painful or too complicated to talk about, the art therapy sessions provide a safe outlet to uncover and express underlying thoughts and feelings. This is especially helpful for those too traumatized to speak about their experiences.

  • During art therapy, they are encouraged to verbalize during the process and comment on their final product, they can talk about whatever comes up to them but there is no pressure to talk at all. As a result, it is a process over which they can feel a sense of control, which they may not feel in other areas of their lives.

  • Self expression through art can provide our young people with a trusted process to explore their own identity. This can help them to construct a more positive self image through the reflection and insight gained. Building self-confidence and self-esteem in turn supports them in finding a voice.

All of these factors make art therapy an extremely valuable tool in helping our teenagers and young adults achieve positive growth, and in aiding their full recovery.

Why Happy Hikkups?

The weekly art therapy sessions at The Wave are designed to:

  • help teenagers and young adults recognise and label their emotions

  • manage specific behavioral difficulties

  • build tolerance

  • develop interpersonal skills

  • support mentalization processes (the ability to see and understand one's own thoughts and motivations – and those of others)

  • build self-confidence and self-esteem

This is just the tip of the iceberg!

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