What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a unique form of therapy that combines psychotherapy with the non-threatening and healing power of art. With help and support from a qualified Canadian Art Therapist, art therapy is used to improve and enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and psychosocial health and well-being.
Clients are invited to explore a wide variety of art materials and create a series of artworks, whether by drawing, painting, sculpting, journaling, and writing to name a few. The creative art-making process and the created artworks offer a safe and non-verbal way to communicate when words may be hard to come by, inaccessible or discomforting, and when it is more comfortable or easier to express yourself visually.
Who can benefit from Art Therapy?
Art Therapy can be a fun process that benefits individuals, families, and groups of all ages and backgrounds experiencing any manner of struggles and disorders. These issues may include, but are not limited to:
- family and social relationships
- abuse or neglect
- grief and loss
- chronic illness and pain
- developmental disabilities or delays
- behavioral and learning disabilities
- identity struggles
- low self-esteem and self-worth
- life transitions
Do I need to be good or skilled at art?
No. The goal is about personal discovery, transformation, wellness and finding balance, and not about creating beautiful works of art. Art therapy is not just for people dealing with life challenges. The process has the ability to enrich personal growth and boost quality of life for healthy people also!
What to expect from an Art Therapy session?
Art-making during art therapy sessions is a reflection of your world and your needs, and therefore, there is no wrong way of creating art. Your art will never be judged or critiqued. Nor will any interpretations be made about your art without reflecting your feelings, insights, and the meanings you give to it.
Discussions about the art imagery and your experience of the process can help you and the art therapist, together, to become aware of the most pressing challenges you are facing. The discoveries you make from the art can help you to talk about how these issues may be affecting your life and to better understand and explore new ways to cope with or resolve these struggles.
Brief Art Therapy Overview Video (from our friends at arttherapy4all.co.uk)
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