The American Art Therapy Association defines art therapy as "a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client's functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being" Or put more simply it is "another language for communication and expression in therapy." arttherapy.org
The therapeutic use of art in therapy is helpful because of the following:
Since the goal of art therapy is very different than typical art making, art skills are not required. The focus in art therapy is on the process not the product. Participants are not trying to create an aesthetically pleasing image. Instead they are creating an image around an issue to explore visually,process, and gain insight.
An art therapist is a practitioner that is trained at the graduate level by completing extensive research and coursework, as well as clinical training that is similar to other mental health practitioners. However, training also includes knowledge of art material and how to use them within a therapeutic context. In addition to being skilled clinicians, most art therapists are also artists.
Art therapy groups are a great way to combine the benefits and experience of art and group therapy. Check out our offerings and give us a call today for more information or to sign up for an art therapy group.
These story bowls were created to illustrate a story about each participants life or what they would like their lives to evolve into
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