What is Art Therapy?
"Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem" (American Art Therapy Association, www.arttherapy.org).
Art is one of many forms of self-expression and is the focus in art psychotherapy for those who may wish to lead a happier or more enriched life. Individuals in all stages of life with varying capabilities can express themselves through art. People who have trouble talking about their difficulties or desires may find art therapy to be helpful.
Linda gently guides her clients to create. Often, the artwork acts as a vessel that contains the client’s unnamable source of discontent, worry or unhappiness. Once identified, solutions are possible.
The intent of creating art is that self-expression enlightens one about one’s own thoughts, feelings and hopes, and then empowers the client to transform energies within. This can happen consciously or subconsciously.
Artistic ability is not required. The art process is the emphasis and may become the topic of discussion, as well as the art creation. The entire process involved in creation causes action within the psyche not the end product or artwork itself. The client and process is the masterpiece.
Linda Kramer is a native of Missouri spending her early childhood in the northeast corner and high school in Columbia. In 1971, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield and was also certified to teach art K-12 by the state of Missouri. During her 29 years of teaching visual arts in the public schools, Linda found guiding and encouraging students to experience the importance of expressing themselves rewarding and wonderfully positive. Linda began her career in Sullivan, then near by Union, Missouri before moving to the Kansas City Northland in 1990 with her two sons. She taught first at Oak Park High School and then at Winnwood Elementary. While teaching in the Northland, she completed her Master of Arts in Painting at Central Missouri University, Warrensburg (1992). During a sabbatical, Linda completed the necessary academic requirements to become an art therapist at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont. After which she did a 9 month internship at Synergy Services in Parkville (1997-1998).
Linda Kramer became a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association and the Kansas Art Therapy Association in 2004, was fully credentialed as an Art Therapist (ATR) in 2011 and became a member of the Missouri Art Therapy Association in 2015. In 2006 Linda began working as an Art Therapist for a Kansas City hospice. Today, Linda is honored and privileged to provide the art therapy process with individuals, teach individuals and small groups in different settings, consult with activity directors and help plan personalized art activities in businesses and home settings. Although she enjoys facilitating these art activities and creating her own artwork, she reserves special time for her children and grandchildren. She loves relaxing in nature whether near the ocean collecting seashells, in the mountains approaching a vista, or hiking with her dog Clay Potter searching for birds and finding feathers on the trail. At home she enriches her body, mind and spirit while gardening among her herbs and flowers.
Payment is due at the time of the session and may be by cash, check, or credit card. A cancellation must be made within 24 hours of appointment or half the fee is due before our next session. Most fees for other services, such as preparing a report, or phone calls longer than six minutes, are prorated at $60 an hour.
The office visit for a 50-Minute session is $85. A sliding scale could be considered.
Home or Facility Visit for a 50-minute session is $85. Travel time including setup in client’s residence is an additional fee prorated at $85 an hour (within a 15 mile radius from the office). A further distance may vary.
Parent and Child (Family) Session
The office visit for a 50-minute session is $85 with one child and a parent.
I work with children (starting at age 7), teens and adults of all ages. I specialize in helping people express themselves using the art process, especially when words are difficult to obtain. Doing so helps adults, as well as children, develop self-esteem, resolve troubled emotions, and improve their social skills. Artistic ability, or lack of it, is not an obstacle to self-expression. I help each person find the best methods for expressing themselves, for example, drawing, "coloring," collage, sculpting, or painting.
I don’t clearly understand what I am thinking (and feeling) until I see
what I have drawn.~Author Unknown
I provide services at my office in the Northland or on location (i.e. client's home or facility)
See how art therapy may help you....
cope with chronic illness
help bereaved children
overcome life challenges
cope with schizophrenia
cope with bullying
create new meaning
reveal true self
create inner peace
Note: These images were created by Linda Kramer. The photographs with people in them were staged, not real clients.
Linda Kramer, MA, ATR
Embassy Park Professional Building
8350 N. Saint Clair Ave., Ste 250
Kansas City, MO 64151