Art Therapy is a form of visual expressive communication which can circumvent the limitations of language. This visual and symbolic expression fosters self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivates emotional resilience, promotes insight, enhances social skills, and empowers the individual to reduce and resolve conflicts and distress. It is also used to improve cognitive executive functioning and sensory-motor functions.
Art Therapy benefits children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. The type of art therapy is specific to the needs of the patient and can be used to help with emotional distress, adjustment issues, relief from trauma, self-awareness, recognizing and healing pain, and processing grief and loss. Through the creative process, patients express feelings and explore vulnerabilities. Each patient’s creative process is unique, and may include a variety of art making methods, like drawing, painting, collage, or sculpture. In Art Therapy, the emphasis is on the process of creating the art, and using it as a means of communication and exploration. Art Therapy does not require training, experience, or ‘skill.’ Art Therapy is facilitated by a master-level clinician trained and licensed in art therapy.