What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a unique creative process where art-making and psychotherapy combine to aid individual growth, awareness and healing. In art therapy no art skills are required – you are free to make images which provide a more tangible and immediate way to express feelings and emotions. The aim is to release creativity, ease distress, increase awareness, resolve conflicts, and/or cope with trauma. Art therapy can help you to manage and resolve emotional problems, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, bereavement, depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, health problems and general life struggles.
Art Therapy is very useful for clients who may be seeking psychotherapy or counselling and want to explore their issues through this creative approach. The making of art by its very nature is healing. By engaging in the non-verbal process you can discover new insights and self-understanding, supported by the art therapist who guides you through the process. It is a supportive experience and the content of the sessions, as well as the artwork, is kept safe and confidential.
Today, Art Therapy is not only an effective therapy for emotional difficulties but it is also something people are turning to for personal and creative development. Recently it has been attracting people who simply want to have a pleasurable and insightful experience. You don’t have to have psychological problems to benefit from art therapy. It is life enhancing for people of all ages and all walks of life.
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