Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and consider the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. Art therapy helps explore emotions, improve self-esteem, relieve stress, improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cope with an illness or disability. Artwork can be used as a springboard for reawakening memories and telling stories. An art therapist can help individuals identify the non-verbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in art. It was founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities.
Art therapy may help to articulate what may be otherwise difficult to express by using imagery, colour, and shape. The Therapist is present during sessions to provide support and hold space for the range of thoughts, feelings and emotions that may be experienced by the participant.
There are many art materials and tools you can use for art therapy, some of which include: acrylic paint, water colour paint, magazine collage, pencil crayons, oil pastels, chalk pastels, markers, scissors, glue, paint brushes, and sponges.
No talent or artistic background to participate! Art therapy is about the process of art and not about the final product.
The initial art therapy session will consist of an intake where the art therapist will discuss any presenting concerns and objectives that art therapy may help to support you in.