Do you sometimes think that words just can’t express how you feel?
Sometimes language can be so limiting. We can have such strong emotions, yet it can be so hard let someone else know what you’re going through. It can be hard to work things out for yourself, let alone share it with someone else.
Have you heard the expression ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’? It means that an image can communicate lots of complex ideas and feelings. And that’s how art therapy works. It can help you to express feelings and thoughts in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
Art Therapy is like a session with a counsellor, only you get to make art if you want to. It can either be one on one sessions with just an art therapist, or you can join an art therapy group.
You might be offered pencils, paint, collage, clay, textas or pastels (among other things). Your art therapist might suggest a topic, or might just offer you art materials. In general, art therapists don’t analyse what you create but they may ask you questions about your work which might help you to understand your emotions a little better.
Art therapists have a Masters degree and over 750 hours of experience before they’re allowed to practice as a therapist and register as a professional.
You don’t have to have much experience making art, and you won’t be judged on your art making. Art therapy focuses far more on the process of making, rather than the finished product. Art therapy is suitable for anyone, of any age, no matter what you’re dealing with.
In loads of different ways! Such as:
Art therapy is used to help lots of different kinds of people. It’s often used in:
Want more info about mental illness and recovery? Make sure you check out our Mental Health section.
If you think that art therapy could be useful for you or someone you know, check out these websites for more information: