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Eva Carlston Academy, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls, is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The city is a thriving center for art and culture in the Intermountain West, and is the home of several award-winning performance and visual art organizations. Eva Carlston actively engages in a myriad of art experiences including monthly visits to local galleries and museums. They also are season ticket holders to the Utah Symphony and the Pioneer Theatre Company. Eva Carlston focuses on art in its programming, as it is an important therapeutic modality for expression, creation, and emotional exploration. Art can be a tool to speak when words cannot.
It is common for traumatic events, that have been pushed deep into the subconscious, to arise while creating art, especially when an art project has specific therapeutic intent and direction. Once the emotions have been tapped and expressed, therapists can help guide the individual with connecting, managing, and releasing the emotions or events at an accelerated rate. In the therapeutic art groups at Eva Carlston, art media is the primary mode of expression and communication. The projects are specifically customized to fit the needs of the group and individuals, such as boundaries, family dynamics, body image, or life stories. After an art therapy project is complete, whether it be a one-day, or multiple-week project, group participants process each piece. Processing and analysis of the artwork can aid in reconciling emotional conflicts, cultivating self-awareness, and fostering personal growth. These kinds of projects allow the individual to show up as they are, without judgment or restrictions. In the group discussions, they also learn that many of their peers have shared similar experiences, and sometimes unacknowledged emotional pain sharing these repressed emotions, they learn that they are not alone, and can start to free up new energy towards healing and acceptance.
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy (UT) is a licensed residential treatment center located near the urban center of Salt Lake City. The program serves young women between the ages of 12 and 18 in a clinically intense, family-style program which focuses upon creating opportunities for students to explore the arts while working toward continued growth and healing.