Art Therapy is the craft of creative expression used for therapeutic purposes.
The word therapy comes from a Greek word meaning, ‘to be attentive to.’ This is exactly the purpose of Art Therapy. Improving communication skills, processing past traumas and preparing for change are all outcomes of this type of therapy. From PTSD to depression, anxiety and social issues – Art Therapy is an empowering solution. Art Therapy is not about creating something beautiful, it is about harnessing your creative forces to remember, restore and energise.
What does an Art Therapist do?
Art Therapists encourage people to create, express and learn.
They guide people through creative activities which aim to illuminate and process emotions. Art Therapists ask you to look at things in a new way. Through it all, they help you to let go of inhibitions and enjoy the process.
What does an Art Therapy session look like?
There is no ‘typical’ Art Therapy session. You will be given time to create and reflect. No matter what your session contains, we can promise that you will come out of it with a greater understanding of yourself. These are some of the things you might expect from an Art Therapy session:
- Time to explore issues in your life through creative expression.
- Activities such as drawing, painting, creating collages and moulding materials.
- Reflection upon what you have created. Your therapist may ask you a range of questions to this end.
Who can benefit from Art Therapy?
Many people can benefit from Art Therapy. Anxiety, past abuse, behavioural issues, learning impairments, communication problems, anger, grief (and more) can all be addressed through Art Therapy. As life changes, everyone needs coping mechanisms. Art Therapy can be this but more than that – Art Therapy is about flourishing in every season of life. Resilience is built through freedom of expression.