Creating art can be an excellent way to calm down if upset or get a bad feeling out by putting it on the page. We generally feel better after expressing our thoughts or feelings but talking about challenging topics is tough even for adults. For children experiencing challenges in the family system, it can be even more complicated. Creating art with an Art Therapist and using art directives with mental health in mind can help kids look at problems differently. Using art allows for some distance from the issues. From this externalized perspective, children can look at issues with less hurt, which can help them view things differently, resolve issues, identify their feelings and work on solutions.
Claire Nicholls, DTATI, RP (Qualifying)
Professional Art therapist & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)