Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary form of communication. It is practised by qualified, registered, art therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Art therapy may be provided for groups or individuals, depending on clients needs. It is not a recreational activity or art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable.
Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses materials such as paint, pencils and clay as the primary way to communicate a clients thoughts and feelings. You need no prior experience of art and technical ability is not necessary. As an art therapist I help the child or adult involved communicate through the art materials.
Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties. When creating visual images people draw on the right side of the brain, this is the same side that is used before spoken language develops. It is where visual memory is stored. Creating images which can be thought about with your art therapist may help relieve difficult or painful feelings and can increase general well-being.
It can be difficult to talk directly about difficulties or feelings so communicating through creative expression maybe easier and more appropriate.
Words sometimes cannot be found to describe thoughts and feelings but the process involved in creating art work and the artwork themselves can help to do so.
At times words alone do not convey enough but the images and the words together may be able enough to express what the client wants to say, the person wants to say.
Sometimes there are just too many words – and they can get in the way of being able to be in touch with the emotions.
The process itself can be deeply therapeutic, handling the clay, mixing the paint and applying it, these actions help connect the person to there thoughts and feelings and find the words.
These are just some of the reasons for the art and art therapy. If you are considering Art Therapy for you or your child, take the first step and contact me. From there I can answer any questions you may have and advise the best course of action for you particular needs.