At Summit Malibu, art is used as a healthy creative outlet for our residents to explore and process issues they may not feel comfortable verbalizing. Without the use of words, art becomes a communication method that brings our innermost feelings to life. The process of creating art requires an artist’s full attention to the present, making art therapy a practice in mindfulness and an alternative means of meditation. Moreover, art therapy allows our residents to reconnect with their most authentic selves.
When implemented in conjunction with traditional therapy, art therapy can serve as an enjoyable way for our residents to make sense of complicated emotions. After completing their stay at Summit Malibu, residents can integrate activities like painting and drawing into their lives as a way to express feelings, explore creativity, and reduce stress.