Art therapy integrates psychotherapy and some forms of visual art such as painting, drawing, or modelling, as a specific form of therapy, but it can also used alongside other types of therapy such as music or drama.
Today, more & more people are beginning to see the positive impact art therapy can have upon a range of people, especially those with SEN or an acquired brain injury. Even mainstream schools have begun to adopt art therapy within their curriculum to help enhance the emotional and physical development of their SEN pupils.
The use of art therapy is proven to better engage with pupils, achieve higher levels of development and provide additional support not previously seen outside of independent special needs schools.
The use of art therapy has also been found to be effective within adoptive households. In fact, incorporating art therapy into the household as a family, promotes enhanced bonding between parent & child, strengthens family relationships, reduces anxiety & aggression and builds capacity in parents to support their children’s development.
It is by no means only aimed at children. Adults and adolescents too can explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, improve mental health or help cope with a physical illness or disability by partaking in art therapy.
The beauty of art therapy is that there is no requirement to be artistic – it is not about that. It’s more based upon finding connections between creative choices and the clients’ inner life. The outcome of each session can become a trigger to help recall memories or tell stories that may reveal things from the unconscious mind.
Art therapists understand the parts that colour & texture can play in the therapeutic process and how they can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings, and personality. It is believed that through art therapy, self-expression can promote healing or provide a deeper understanding of oneself, which is why it is more often recommended, now more than ever.
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