What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses art materials as an alternative way to communicate thoughts and feelings. The use of art materials enables self-exploration and the expression of emotions in a non-verbal way. This non-verbal approach is particularly helpful for people who feel uncomfortable with more traditional ‘talking’ therapies.
Who would benefit from Art Therapy?
Art therapists are flexible in the way they work and so can support a wide variety of individuals and groups in different environments. For example:
• Those in social or health care settings living with physical and/or mental health conditions.
• Young people struggling with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties at school or in other educational establishments.
• Those in community support programmes such as refugees, the homeless, older adults, and other groups
• Individuals seeking a creative alternative to traditional talking therapy
What are the advantages of Art Therapy?
Art therapy can encourage:
• The expression of thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to talk about.
• The exploration of imagination and creativity.
• The development of healthy coping skills for a variety of conditions such as depression and anxiety.
• Improved communication skills and self esteem.
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