What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk, markers, and clay.
It combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of psychological aspects of the creative process. Participating in the process of making art helps begin the individual’s own healing and can help guide him or her to find discoveries within him- or herself.
How Can Art Therapy Treatment Help Me?
Our therapists have two major definitions of art therapy programs. The first believes in the healing power that is offered through the art-making process. Residents can express themselves creatively in an experience that can eventually lead to personal fulfillment and recovery.
The second definition believes that art is a symbolic tool for communication. Often referred to as art psychotherapy, this definition emphasizes drawing, painting, and other artistic mediums to express emotions, conflicts, and communication issues.
Art then becomes a powerful tool to enhance verbal exchanges between clients and therapists. Along with solving problems, this method offers insights and helps form new perceptions that can lead to positive change and healing.
Art Therapy is not only a way to express feelings but also relieving stress. An individual’s artistic level does not matter or dictate success in this therapy.