What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a unique form of psychotherapy that combines traditional therapeutic techniques and theories with creativity and metaphor. Art therapy is effective in helping to enhance the emotional well being of people of all ages who struggle with trauma and memories that are not always easily expressed in words. Clients use art therapy for a variety of issues including loss, depression, trauma or difficulty with relationships. Art therapy can also be effective in empowering yourself creatively and learning better self-care. You do not need to be an artist at all to do art therapy, and while many people may feel most comfortable talking, art supplies are always available should you want them.
How can art therapy help me?
Art making is a way of communicating non-verbally that often accesses material that is not always immediately available. Research has shown that creative modalities can more accurately access traumatic and non-verbal memories and begin to give them form in a way that is meaningful and not over stimulating. Art therapy can be especially helpful in working with adolescents and adults who are interested in finding ways to give meaning to their life story through symbol and metaphor. When utilizing creative imagery, many have found that they are able to express themselves in a way that helps them feel more connected and profoundly understood.