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Art Therapy

How can art really help me, you may wonder? Isn’t art something children enjoy, but once we grow up we grow out of it?  My answer to this is that no matter how old we are, we are always in need of play. Besides, we are who we are no matter what we do. Art can be a powerful mirror of our strengths as well as our weaknesses. For example, if you struggle with shyness, low confidence, anxiety, or depression those issues will show up in your art through your choices in color, size, shape, texture, and media.

If you are timid, you may draw small shapes and occupy a tiny part of the canvas. If your goal in therapy is to be become more assertive, I may encourage you to draw bigger, occupy more space, choose bolder media, and brighter, more assertive colors. Of course, this is just an example. The art-based innervations will depend on your specific treatment goals and will vary from person to person. I believe art can be a safe-place, a safe playground, for taking risks, mastering new skills, and behaviors without the real-life implications or consequences.

Play with Cicles in Acrylic 
Acrylic on canvas panel.
Ina Lasmane, 2015 

Stress Reduction via Mandala Coloring 
Markers on paper.
Mandala design by Angie Grace.  
Colored by Ina Lasmane, 2015. 

Power of Emotion 
Slick Stix on paper.   
Ina Lasmane, 2015

Bed is My Safe-Space 
Slick Stix on paper. 
Ina Lasmane, 2015 

In addition, art can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation. EEG research by Christopher M. Belkofer, Amy Vaughan Van Hecke, and Lukasz M. Konopka (2014) suggests that 20 minutes of drawing produces an increase in alpha waves in the brain. The alpha rhythm is typically associated with resting and relaxed states as well as an increase in memory functioning, self-regulation, visual processing, and intelligence. This study proves that the benefits from drawing are similar to those of meditation and exercise.

Most people report feeling calmer and think clearer after engaging in some type of art or creative activity. No prior art experience is required or necessary. 

Art Can Help You with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Removal of creative blocks
  • Trauma
  • Self-expression
  • Self-esteem
  • Goal setting
  • Self-awareness

Additional Resources:

  • American Art Therapy Association
  • The Minnesota Art Therapy Associatio

Contact Me



Ina Lasmane, MA, LMFT


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm


10:00 am-4:00 pm


12:00 pm-7:00 pm