What is it?
Art Therapy involves the therapeutic use of art (drawing, sketching, etc) in the scope of the therapist-client relationship, by individuals who suffer from psychological trauma or are in search of inner growth.It uses art as a means of communication which facilitates expression of emotions, in conjunction with traditional consulting and psychotherapy, to improve the individual's emotional and mental state.
It is not necessary for someone to be efficient artistically in order to participate in an Art Therapy session. Art is only used as a means of expression and communication between the therapist and the client.
Whom is it for?
Art Therapy is appropriate for children and adults who face:
- difficulties at home, at school or inside their working environment
- anxiety, panic attacks or depression
- nutritional disorders
- low self esteem
- post-traumatic stress
- learning difficulties or/and hyperactivity
or those who are willing to be creative in exploring themselves and their lifestyle.
How can it help?
Artistic expression is not dependent on good use of language. Therefore, Art Therapy can extend the communication achieved between the therapist and the client beyond the verbal boundaries and facilitate the expression of various emotions through art.
It is particularly effective when it comes to children and adolescents and in cases where the individual is incapable of proper verbal communication.It helps to regain the creativity lost by the modern lifestyle. Self-expression through art helps to fight back on internal conflicts and problems, reinforcing the individual's self confidence, allowing him to control his behaviour and become self-aware.