Art therapy is a therapeutic modality that integrates creative expression through visual art media with psychotherapeutic techniques to improve mental, physical and emotional well-being, by facilitating self-expression and developing new coping strategies. In simple terms, you know how sometimes you have a picture in your mind, but are stuck for words? Well, art therapy gets you unstuck.
The creative processes used in art therapy include drawing, painting, craft, colouring, sculpting, or collage. As clients create art, they may reflect on what they have made and discern how it makes them feel. By exploring their art, people discover ideas and beliefs that subconsciously may be affecting their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It is provided in a warm, safe caring environment where there is a judgement free zone that is completely person-centered.
Sounds complicated and layered, but it’s simply about trusting the creative process and letting go. There is no need to be artistic or skilled because it is the act of creating that forms the therapeutic process. It is for everyone from 4 to 94 years old. Kids, teens, and adults can all enjoy art therapy and it will boost their mental health.