Art therapy helps kids with emotional issues

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by Stella Inger

azfamily.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Updated Thursday, May 3 at 9:39 AM

PHOENIX -- A new small business is making a big difference in the Valley. It's called Artplay, and it's aimed at helping children with emotional issues through art therapy.

Just two months ago, Liz Tomko, who has a masters degree in counseling with a specialty in expressive arts therapy for kids, opened up Artplay. It's located inside the Safeway shopping center on the corner of Glendale Avenue and Seventh street in Phoenix. Inside the store, Tomko, gives one-on-one art therapy sessions.

"Kids have a lot of trouble expressing themselves verbally," Tomko said. "It's not one of those things you can just sit down and ask them how they're feeling. So right away I engage them in art therapy. They can express themselves through art more effectively."

While the back part of the store is used for therapy sessions, the front is retail, where Tomko sells some unique therapeutic items.

Tomko charges about $60 per session and she doesn't diagnose.

For more information, call 602-329-1347 or check out www.artplayhealing.com.


 

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