NICOLLE SAYLOR, ART THERAPIST
My name is Nicolle Saylor and I am a multidisciplinary artist, art instructor and art therapist based in Delray Beach, Florida.
Growing up in Brazil, I found that I had a passion for art at a very early age. My Grandmother was an extremely talented fine artist and poet, and being around her started my curiosity for the arts. On the other hand, both of my parents are medical doctors and growing up in that environment and seeing them work sparked my interest in studying the science and the connections between the body, mind, and soul.
I graduated in 2008 from the School of Fine Arts of Sao Paulo where I studied Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, and Photography. During my first year of college, I instructed a ceramics class for students with Down Syndrome. This experience gave me a valuable perspective on the therapeutic effects of art. I continued to pursue extra-curricular work opportunities and the following year was able to participate in an art project involving families living in low-income neighborhoods in Brazil. Shortly thereafter, I was hired to teach art for children at a private art school in Sao Paulo. After experiencing the powerful healing effects of art first hand, and having a strong desire to help those in need, I decided to further my education in the field of art therapy. I studied Art Therapy at the Sedes Sapientae Institute in Sao Paulo, and Analytical Psychology and Creative Mythology at UNIP Sao Paulo. I then worked at a Private Practice in Brazil, where I practiced art therapy with adults, children, and families from many different backgrounds. I continued my volunteer work and in March of 2015 I visited Haiti where I held art therapy sessions with abused and neglected children. This eye-opening experience brought new personal meaning to my work.
Currently, I live in Delray Beach, FL and work as an art instructor and art therapist for Art Obsession. I hold creative arts and crafts workshops locally and produce custom and original artwork.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, and by people who seek personal development.Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms, stress and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art.*
How does art therapy work?
There are many possible answers to how Art Therapy works: The easiest answer is that it works by giving a person a different way to express their thoughts and feelings – both through the image they create and the physical aspect of making the art. Another answer in that Art is considered a “language” and its lexicon is that of the symbol. Symbols, metaphors, and images all have their origins in the right side or the "intuitive side" of the brain. The unconscious is activated, accessing habits and patterns, cellular memory, creativity, emotions, and protection instincts, that might have been "locked/ rejected" by the "rational side". After an image is created, those images may be manipulated, by choice, to work with brain repair and body healing abilities. Art therapy uses the conscious processes of thinking abstractly, making decisions with right and left brain hemispheres. Art therapy is an effective way to deal with trauma, depression, and addiction.