Why does art therapy work?

Some of us find it difficult to verbalize our thoughts, feelings and    emotions. For example, we are too embarrassed; or we lack adequate language or cognitive skills; or we have been exposed to trauma that constricts our freedom to express ourselves verbally. Art therapy is an intervention that provides the opportunity for nonverbal expression and communication.

 

The art therapy environment provides a supportive venue in which to safely express and explore strong, sensitive or destructive feelings.

 

Visual expressions can be abstract or random and less organized that verbal expressions.

 

Discussion about your artwork and the art making process can help both of us gain insight into your inner world.

 

By drawing or visually expressing your feelings, even if you can't identify or label your emotions, we will have a starting point from which to address your issues.

 

Art and emotions are closely linked. Art often has the power to alter moods.

 

The act of producing art is often a relaxing process, thus perhaps reducing some of the stress that might have brought you into therapy in the first place.

 

Suppressed thoughts and memories often surface spontaneously during the process of image making.

 

Many of us have a need to feel productive. Art therapy is a hands-on, productive form of therapy.

 

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