Art Therapy is a little-known treatment. Art Therapy is about harnessing creative forces and activities (such as drawing, painting, creating collages and moulding materials) to acknowledge, restore and energise. Art Therapy is guided by an art therapist, who asks specific questions to help clients reflect and explore emotions that they might not fully express or understand.
What are the remedial benefits of Art Therapy
Just as a remedial massage is designed to treat the muscles, tendons, tissues and ligaments of the body following an injury, Art Therapy can act as a remedial treatment for the mind and spirit. It gives people the opportunity to express themselves through art and its various forms and mediums. Rather than using words to communicate and process feelings and emotions. Once conceptualised in art form, negative emotions and fears are easier to identify and explore. With the guidance of a certified art therapist, people can begin to shift negative feelings into more positive ones, developing a healthier mental outlook.
Who can benefit from Art Therapy as a remedial treatment
Art Therapy has shown remedial success with symptoms resulting from physical, mental or spiritual abuse and PTSD, as well as significant events that cause anger, detachment or grief. Art Therapy has proven extremely successful with people who struggle with their mental health, as well as with people who have experienced natural disasters. Over the years, studies on the remedial qualities of Art Therapy have found that the process is an effective treatment for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The focus of Art Therapy will change for each person depending on the issues that they face or the emotions they want to process. Each Art Therapy session, the therapist established an intention or goal with the client. Then guided by the art therapist, the session follows a sequence relevant to the issue. While most people do not initially think of Art Therapy as a remedial treatment, it is quickly becoming a popular treatment for a range of conditions.