What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy uses creative techniques like painting, drawing, sculpting, colouring in, and collages to assist clients to explore their inner world of images, emotions and thoughts.
It helps people who might otherwise feel overwhelmed or incapable of articulating their experience for reasons including, but not limited to, deep trauma, fear, shame or even childhood emotional neglect, whereby emotional language is underdeveloped, or emotions are minimized or dismissed due to a lack of attunement from a parent figure in early life.
How Art Therapy works
Clients are invited to use materials provided to create artwork that expresses something non-verbal. As an example, imagining what a particular emotion would look like by way of colour, size and texture may be represented on a page and then explored verbally to uncover a deeper meaning, symbolism, a metaphor or a memory that conveys a message from the client’s unconscious mind.
Artistic talent is absolutely unnecessary for this process, and often the very act of creating something tangible, in the absence of pressure to excel, can be very healing in and of itself.
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