Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy using the art-making process as a therapeutic treatment. During this therapy, the art therapist facilitates the creative process to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and additions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety or increase self-esteem.
The purpose of Art Therapy is essentially one of healing, and is commonly used to treat physical, mental or emotional problems, diseases and disorders.
Essex Wellness Center would like to introduce Art Therapist Comer Rudd-Gates:
Comer Rudd-Gates has been a practicing Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor for over 25 years. She specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, body image and the role of creativity in healing. Comer is a staff therapist with Gateway Counseling and has a private practice in Guilford, Connecticut. Previously she maintained a private practice in Atlanta, GA and worked as a group therapist for Ladder to the Moon, an intensive outpatient eating disorders program. Comer is the curator of an art exhibit Hungry Souls: Nourishing Ourselves through Art, Co-Executive Producer of the film Bodyspeaks: Finding A Voice through Art Therapy and the Executive Director of the Allasso Foundation: Change, Creativity and the Healing Image.