Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy, utilizing the creative process of making art to uplift a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy combines the creation of art and psychotherapeutic foundations to facilitate self-exploration, discovery and understanding.
Art is a tool for communication, self-examination and healing. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to convey verbally.
Art therapy is effective for people of any age. An art therapist works with individuals, couples, families or groups in a safe, interactive environment. Art therapy can be used to explore issues of relationships, family, loss, life transitions, abuse, and development. The benefits of participating in art therapy include increasing self-awareness, improving self-esteem, learning coping strategies, understanding emotions, developing problem-solving skills, shifting harmful behaviour, strengthening social skills, resolving emotional conflict and fostering positivity. Treatment plans are tailored towards the individual’s presenting concerns and goals.
Art therapy is a visual conversation between oneself, guided by an art therapist. Artistic talent is not required, only a willingness to use art materials in an exploratory way!