ABOUT ART THERAPY
Art therapy uses the art-making process as a catalyst for personal growth and change. It encompasses a combination of art-making, counseling, and psychotherapy in a therapeutic setting, and with the support of a trained art therapist. The creative process has the potential to evoke deep inner transformation and self-awareness by encouraging communication that goes beyond words.
An art therapist encourages the creator to reflect on their experience of making art in a safe environment, and at their own pace. The physical tangibility of a piece of art allows the creator to return to previous works and notice changes over a period of time, leading to deeper self-understanding. The art-making process involves sensory, cognitive, emotional, problem-solving, and planning skills, and can assist in many aspects of personal development. Research shows that art therapy has been successful in helping individuals with:
-Difficulty with life transitions
-Difficulty with relationships