What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that promotes creative self-expression on a symbolic level, through the creative use of art media that leads to the safe expression of emotions and internal conflicts. Art is used as a medium of communication between the client and the therapist in order to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

 

Who Provides Art Therapy?

Art therapy sessions are provided by professionally qualified therapists who hold a Master’s degree in Art Therapy with a supervised clinical component of a minimum of

800 hours in placement. Art Therapists are guided by a code of ethics, which would ensure confidentiality of client information and thereby give utmost importance to the safety of the client. Art Therapists also undergo regular supervision from an expert in the field, as per their ethical guidelines.

 

 

How Might Art Therapy Help You/Your Child?

Art Therapy can be a vehicle of communication to express what you may be going through, especially when words are not enough. Art Therapy sessions are conducted in a safe environment with a trained therapist that will help you to safely release your fears, anxieties, tensions, stresses, anger, sadness etc. in a nonjudgmental and contained space.
Together with the help of the Art Therapist  you would gradually be able to reflect and make sense of your art work and as a result achieve insight, resolve conflicts, develop coping mechanisms, manage challenging behaviour and emotions.

 

How is Art Therapy Different From an Art Class?

In Art Therapy, the focus is not on the final product created by you, but rather in the process of art making.
Prior knowledge in art or skills in art are not a requirement for Art Therapy. The process of art making will have a therapeutic value to you/your child who works alongside a trained Art Therapist.

 

Benefits of Art Therapy

 

• Provides a safe environment to express feelings that
are difficult to verbalize
• Increases self-esteem and confidence
• Develops interpersonal skills
• Manages behavior and difficult emotions
• Reduces stress
• Increases relaxation
• Resolves conflicts
• Achieves insight
• Develops coping skills
• Increases self-awareness