Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Art Therapy & Music Therapy

Are you or your child looking for relief and healing through creative self-expression? MY Education Guru offers sessions in Art and Music Therapy for students of all ages. Anyone—no matter their talent or training—can benefit from these therapeutic modalities.

Art Therapy West LA

What Is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic practice that uses art to improve the subject’s mental, emotional, and physical well-being. In an individual or group session, an Art Therapist guides you through art-making in a visual medium (e.g. drawing, painting). The goal is not the artwork itself, but the mental, emotional, and physical processes of creating art. Through regular creative self-expression, Art Therapy can support you in reaching your cognitive, sensory-motor, emotional, social, and personal goals. [1]

Research supports Art Therapy as an effective therapeutic modality.

  • Improve mood and decrease negative feelings. [2]
  • Reduce anxiety [4] and relieve stress.
  • Alleviate symptoms of PTSD [3] and address traumatic experiences. [7]
  • Support self-expression in autism spectrum disorders. [5]
  • Improve attention and cognitive functioning, including in ADD. [8]
  • Build self-esteem [6] and provide personal fulfillment.
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Music Therapy West LA

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy uses music-making and music-listening as a therapeutic tool to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs. There are two main types of music therapy:

  • Receptive music therapy involves listening to recorded or live music.
  • Active music therapy involves music-making and self-expression.

A music therapy session may include one or both types of therapy. In an individual or group session, a Music Therapist may provide different instruments and sound-making equipment, or play music and accompaniment. Music Therapy can be an especially rich therapeutic modality, and can:

  • Enhance communication and self-expression, including in autism spectrum disorders. [9]
  • Be a comprehensive treatment plan for chronic pain and disability. [10]
  • Support emotional growth, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem. [11]
  • Develop or rehabilitate sensorimotor coordination and listening skills. [12]
  • Relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. [13]
  • Support cognitive development, and preservation of cognitive skills in dementia. [14]

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What Music Therapy & Art Therapy Are Not

Music Therapy Classes

Music Training or Art Classes

The primary goal of Art and Music Therapy is the therapeutic benefits, not the acquisition of artistic skills. Regular practice may make you feel more confident and pleased with your musical or artistic abilities, but Art Therapists and Music Therapists do not typically give you critical feedback on how to improve.

Talk Therapy Art & Music

Talk Therapy

Through art or music, subjects can express their trauma and feeling non-verbally—you don’t have to talk about your work or its subjects. Although Art Therapists and Music Therapists are health professionals with expertise in human psychology, the primary modality of these therapies is creative expression, not discussion.

Group Art Sessions

If you are a group of adults or adolescents seeking an outlet for creative self-expression, stress relief, and socialization, contact the My Education Guru Learning Center about scheduling an event at our site. We provide the location, materials, and guided instruction to support an excellent creative experience or collective art therapy session. Whether you are planning a special event or a regular opportunity to socialize and decompress, we can accommodate your group in our space!

  1. American Art Therapy Association (https://arttherapy.org/)
  2. Petrillo, Winner. (2005) Does Art Improve Mood? A Test of a Key Assumption Underlying Art Therapy, 22:4, 205-212, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2005.10129521
  3. Lyshak-Stelzer et al. (2007) Art Therapy for Adolescents with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms: A Pilot Study, Art Therapy, 24:4, 163-169, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2007.10129474
  4. Curry, Kasser. (2005) Can Coloring Mandalas Reduce Anxiety?, Art Therapy, 22:2, 81-85, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2005.10129441
  5. Martin (2009) Art Therapy and Autism: Overview and Recommendations, Art Therapy, 26:4, 187-190, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2009.10129616
  6. Franklin (1992) Art Therapy and Self-Esteem, 9:2, 78-84, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.1992.10758941
  7. Appleton (2001) Avenues of Hope: Art Therapy and the Resolution of Trauma, 18:1, 6-13, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2001.10129454
  8. Smitheman-Brown, Church (1996) Mandala Drawing: Facilitating Creative Growth in Children with ADD or ADHD, 13:4, 252-260, DOI: 10.1080/07421656.1996.10759233
  9. Gold, C., Wigram, T., & Elefant, C. (2006). Music therapy for autistic spectrum disorder. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, (2).
  10. Brown, C. J., Chen, A. C., & Dworkin, S. F. (1989). Music in the control of human pain. Music Therapy, 8(1), 47-60.
  11. Haines, J. H. (1989). The effects of music therapy on the self-esteem of emotionally-disturbed adolescents. Music Therapy, 8(1), 78-91.
  12. Rojo, N., Amengual, J., Juncadella, M., Rubio, F., Camara, E., Marco-Pallares, J., … & Altenmüller, E. (2011). Music-supported therapy induces plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex in chronic stroke: a single-case study using multimodal imaging (fMRI-TMS). Brain Injury, 25(7-8), 787-793.
  13. Maratos, A., Gold, C., Wang, X., & Crawford, M. (2008). Music therapy for depression. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, (1).
  14. Vink, A. C., Bruinsma, M. S., & Scholten, R. J. (2003). Music therapy for people with dementia. Cochrane database of systematic reviews, (4).
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How Can I Enroll in Therapy?

You can start the enrollment process by calling us at (424) 276-1524. We will ask you a few screening questions and set an intake appointment. We will discuss your concerns to determine if Art or Music Therapy is right for you or your student.

Art and Music Therapy sessions are usually in the afternoon or evening, at our facilities. Off-site sessions may be available. For information on our current availability and group schedule, call us at (424) 276-1524 or email us at info@myeducationguru.com.

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