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. I didn't set out to use art as a healing mechanism, but, when I reflected on it, I saw how much it helped me find peace and calm. I realised that art made me happy and helped me forget all the troubles for a short while each day. When I am working on a creative project, I am fully immersed in it, and it is the best mindful technique that I would recommend.
The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
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 counselling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it can be used to massage one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.
Art therapy, encourages people to express and understand emotions through artistic expression and through the creative process.
Art therapy involves the creation of art in order to increase awareness of self and others. it has helped my own personal development and increased my coping skills.
Anyone can use art therapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive arts therapy is yet another. One of the major differences between art therapy and other forms of communication is that most other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication. Often times, people are incapable of expressing themselves within this limited range.
One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for an individual to express his/her feelings through any form of art. Though there are other types of expressive therapies the more traditional forms of art…such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, help visual art expression.