WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” (CATA)
Release through imagery
Transforms through reflection & defining
Definition: Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits, and there are professionals that can work with you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.
Art therapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counseling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.
I believe that creating art can be an excellent way to calm down if upset or get a bad feeling out by putting it on to a page. Creating art can help you look at problems in a different way, imagine a different solution or ending, and generally feel better. I found it easier to create a visual for something that was bugging me than to talk about it. Getting these uncomfortable feelings out through a drawing or painting makes it easier to think and talk about the problem because there has been distance created by externalizing the problem.