“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves as the same time.”- Thomas Merton
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy uses art in therapy to encourage free self- expression. Various components such as- the guidance of the therapist, the use of different kinds of art materials, the creative process – come together to provide a therapeutic space for the individual to express himself and discuss the artwork created. It can have different goals for different people in therapy. The American Art Therapy Association (2012) defines art therapy as “ a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages.”
With well-being of the individual being the central goal, art is a beautiful way to get in touch with and express all that is symbolically hidden in our subconscious or unconscious minds. It helps to facilitate empathy, helps you express difficult emotions, encourages creative thinking and actually improves cognitive abilities. Moreover, art therapy is for everyone– it does not matter if you are not an artist. Yes, it does help individuals already in therapy but it can also serve as an amazing tool for individual self-exploration, whether or not you are in therapy currently.
What one must keep in mind though, is that art has to be used in conjunction with various other therapeutic techniques. Art therapy is not an instrument that is capable of spontaneously curing an individual’s mental health needs. It is a modality that can help guide and improve psychological health and wellbeing.
Read more about art therapy, it’s benefits and the role of the art therapist: “What is Art Therapy?”
Our work with Art Therapy:
– Our Group Art Therapy Sessions that take place once a month.
– An Expert Article on Art and Mindfulness
– Our Mindful Art Therapy Workshop that took place in November, 2014
– Our Team Activity involving individual and group art therapy activities which gave us a chance to introspect and discuss our insights from the artwork as a team.
Do write to us and share your experiences with art or let us know if you would like to know more about art therapy and our activities.
Image Credit: Michelle Tribe