What is Art Therapy?What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in making art is healing and life-enhancing. Through creating with an art therapist, one can increase awareness of self, cope with stress, integrate and process traumatic experiences and enhance cognitive functioning.

 

It works with the other psychological theories such as psychodynamic, cognitive, transpersonal and other therapeutic means of reconciling emotional conflicts, fostering self-awareness, developing social skills, managing behavior, problem solving, reducing anxiety, aiding reality orientation and increasing self esteem.

 

Art is a common language, which conveys a broader and deeper set of personal meanings than words alone can convey. It is particularly effective with individuals who find it difficult to verbalize their thoughts and feelings. Art can be used to explore the clientʼs inner world through symbols and images, and is a powerful resource for healing and transformation.

 

The creative arts have been proven to be an effective cross-cultural approach to the healing of trauma. Through the re-telling of their story using the creative arts, the client can process and integrate trauma safely and in a less intrusive way than other forms of traditional therapy. Once this is done, the victims can heal their sense of worth and dignity, discover their authentic identity, and feel empowered to re-enter society and become a functional part of their local community.