What is Art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of therapy that involves the use of art-making as a means of expression and communication to promote healing and personal growth. It combines the creative process with psychological theory and practice to enhance mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Art therapists work with clients of all ages, from children to the elderly, and with a wide range of challenges, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and chronic illness. Through art-making and discussion, clients are encouraged to explore their feelings, thoughts, and experiences in a non-threatening and non-judgmental environment.
Art therapy can include a variety of art forms, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and even performance art. The focus is not on producing a work of art but on the process of creating and the emotions and thoughts that arise during that process.
Art therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing stress and anxiety, improving mood and self-esteem, promoting self-awareness and insight, and enhancing communication and interpersonal relationships.
Shervan K Shahhian