Art Therapy - Enriching Life

By: Art Therapy-Enriching Life  14-Dec-2011
Keywords: Counselling, Depression, Children

Art therapists work with people of all ages and backgrounds – you don’t have to be an artist to benefit. Art therapy usually focuses on the art process as it is produced rather than the final form. How you feel while making your art and what you learn about yourself is the most important thing. Art Therapy is both a therapeutic and diagnostic tool. We provide a safe, supported environment to help you: Give voice to experiences and feelings not easily expressed in words Relax and de-stress Develop self-awareness and self-esteem Work on social skills Manage behaviours or symptoms Solve problems by looking with a different perspective There are several different forms of art therapy available, depending on your needs. Art as Therapy provides a safe space to explore "art for arts sake" in your own way. This can happen in an open studio setting with a little guidance or in a supported, structured class where you can learn different art skills. Engaging in creativity in this way can aid recovery as it helps you to focus, relax and express yourself. Art Psychotherapy uses the creative process of making art as a safe way to represent your inner experiences, develop awareness and support personal change. Along with creating art, the art therapist may use relaxation and visualisation techniques, guided imagery, music, movement and role play in the therapy session. This can help you cope with difficulties and stress, and speed up the process of your recovery. The Art Therapist offers a safe, supported holding space to allow a person to process difficult emotional issues. All types of visual art forms may be used, such as painting, drawing and clay work. Art therapy can consist of individual sessions or work in groups. There is a professional registration process for art therapists qualified to practice in Australia according to the standards set by the Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association (external site). (Cited 20 May 2013)

Keywords: Adolescents, Adults, Agency, Art Therapy, Children, Clay Work, Counselling, Depression, Grief