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I am a registered art therapist and professional artist in Livonia, MI. I work with children, adolescents, and adults to reduce depression and anxiety and improve happiness through art therapy and neuroscience research. Art therapy is a safe and relaxing approach and is especially suited to individuals who prefer to work visually. Creating art is meditative, cathartic, and deeply personal – express your emotions, discover yourself, and improve your overall well-being. Learn more on my website or call for a free consultation. We can work together to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your goals and needs.
Please call or email to schedule a free twenty minute consultation and conversation about how I can help. 734-502-7920 or email Kelly@MindfulArtCenter.com.
Kelly Darke is a registered art therapist, certified K-12 art teacher, and mother of two. Darke has worked with adults and children with various developmental needs using art as therapy. She trained in three different school settings, working closely with her colleagues to create lessons that were developmentally appropriate and choice-based art education. She has developed an open studio art therapy program in a center that served children who had suffered emotional traumas. Darke has also developed several online workshops focused on self-care through the use of art and continues to facilitate these communities online. Since 2010, Darke has been working with adults that have suffered traumatic brain injuries helping them to improve their cognitive skills and emotional regulation. In 2013, Darke presented at the Expressive Therapies Summit on the use of technology in art therapy.
Mindful Art Center is my art therapy office and art studio located in Livonia, Michigan. I provide art therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults to reduce anxiety and depression, and to develop coping skills. I also facilitate online self-care art workshops; and, in collaboration with Stand With Trans, I offer art workshops for transgender youth.
Art Therapy can help children learn to accept successes as well as cope with failures and develop confidence. Children can learn to accept themselves, rely on their own abilities, and take pride in their accomplishments rather than dwell on deficiencies. Children with good self-esteem: “Act independently, Assume responsibility, Tolerate frustration, Handle peer pressure appropriately, Attempt new tasks and challenges, Handle positive and negative emotions, Offer assistance to others” (SAMHSA) These are all essential qualities for developing healthy relationships as an adult and qualities art therapy can help develop.