Little Forest Hills neighbor Andrea Davis uses art to solve mental health issues


“It happened to me, where I had already got a master’s degree in psychology and read all these different writers and different theories,” Davis says. “But that’s what hit me like, oh my god, that’s it, that’s what I have to do.”

She saw a hand-sewn doll wearing a tattered dress. A note from the doll’s creator was pinned on it, which promised to take care of the doll, feed her and make sure she was dressed. The power of the message, which depicted an adult conversing with his child, moved Davis to tears. She enrolled in courses and obtained a second master’s degree.

Art therapy can be beneficial for people of all ages who face all kinds of problems. Participants have an intention or a problem they want to work on; it could be an argument with a loved one, the death of a loved one, an addiction, trauma or suicidal thoughts. They work with an art therapist to select materials to create a visual representation of the problem. No artistic skill is required, Davis says, because the emphasis is on the process.

As a non-profit organization, Dallas Art Therapy offers free art therapy sessions for adults twice a month. He is partnering with The Meadows Texas to help those facing drug addiction and trauma, and is working on a contract with Texas Health Presbyterian to provide art therapy for the elderly. Dallas Art Therapy also offers a program for middle school and high school girls with ADHD.

“We don’t need to rely solely on the center of language for the expression and processing of things,” says Davis. “It can happen in so many different ways. ”


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