Art Therapy for LGBTQ
As a marginalized population, many factors can impact the mental health of LGBTQ ( Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) individuals and communities. Art therapy can be a helpful way to explore and work through a variety of unique challenges and difficulties that this population may face.
Health, wellness, equality, stigmatization, disclosure, sexuality, acceptance, difference and inclusion are a few of the areas that could be explored in an art therapy setting. Art making has the natural ability to support physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Art therapy is a unique form of therapy that combines psychotherapy with the healing power of art-making. The goal of art therapy is personal discovery, transformation, wellness, finding balance, and not about creating beautiful works of art.
What to expect from an Art Therapy session?
Art-making during art therapy sessions is a reflection of your world and your needs, and therefore, there is no wrong way of creating art. Your art will never be judged or critiqued. Nor will any interpretations be made about your art without reflecting your feelings, insights, and the meanings you give to it.
Kevin Farrugie is an Art Therapist trained at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. He is interested in facilitating art therapy groups and individual sessions for the LGBTQ communities in the KW area. Due to the unique challenges and difficulties that this population may face, the topics of health, wellness, equality, stigmatization, disclosure, sexuality, acceptance, difference and inclusion can be explored to promote mental health and overall well-being.