What is it?
I like to describe it as when art is used as a means of communication between a client and a trained Art Therapist. It is easy to sensor ourselves about our emotions when only using words, but when we use images, we often get to the heart of the matter. When a client creates art in a safe environment, the therapist witnesses the art being made and can encourage the client to explore their feelings through discussing their art and art making process.
Who can benefit from it?
Anyone. Art Therapy is widely used with children, adults and seniors. It can benefit individuals with stress, emotional issues, mental illness, developmental disorders, brain injuries, eating disorders, low self-esteem, illness, etc.
Where does it take place?
Art Therapy can take place in a variety of locations such as schools, hospitals, shelters, community centers, clinics, homes, private practices, etc.
What does a session look like?
Art Therapy can be done in groups or individually. Each therapist will have their own style on how a session is conducted but generally they will all work similarly in creating a safe place for their clients and offer a wide array of art materials to choose from to create. Time will be allotted for making art and for discussion.