Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as a form of communication to aid the healing process. This is combined with therapeutic approaches to explore and resolve issues. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the words to express difficult things, and art can be a way to express ourselves in a safe way. As they say, a picture can speak a thousand words. The art therapist can facilitate the communication of thoughts and feelings. Through art, we can understand ourselves and our world. Some people remark that art can be relaxing and they find that they can use their creativity in the day to day to cope with and manage difficult emotions.
Art therapy can be helpful for people who find it difficult to express themselves with words. You don’t have to be good at art to benefit, you just need an openness to try expression through art materials. The focus of art therapy is on the process of self expression and the therapeutic relationship rather then creating wonderful artwork. It is used in a wide range of settings all over the world. It is often a useful way to help children as they don’t always have the words to express themselves. It is also used with people with special needs, people experiencing mental health difficulties, cancer care, the prison services, adults experiencing a difficult life transition, teenagers, and people coping with trauma.
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