Are you feeling something without having the words?
Do you struggle to find the words to express your thoughts or feelings? Have you had this gut feeling but can’t explain it? If you’re looking to delve into the depths of your inner Self in a way that can be more visionary than regular talk therapy, then art therapy may be for you. Art therapy can help you gain emotional resilience by gaining insights, enhancing social skills, and reduce overall conflict. Using your own creative expression, you will start to explore what is underneath all of the turmoil and distress in a way that sometimes words can’t articulate. You’ll begin to feel an improvement in your self-esteem and self-awareness.
Heal through creativity and expression.
Through the use of various art processes and materials and other kinesthetic, sensory, perceptual, and symbolic directives, art therapy helps you to tap into different parts of you that verbal articulation may not be able to do. You will begin to improve your cognitive and sensorimotor functioning. Visual and symbolic expression can give a different voice to your experiences and will help to empower your process of change.
By engaging both your motor processing (physically creating the art) and cognitive processing (thinking or verbal expression), you can increase your neural connectivity in parts of your brain that handle introspection, memory, and self-monitoring. This helps you to become more resilient by having more positive perspective experiences through increased self-awareness. Therefore, leading to better coping mechanisms or interactional responses to stressors.
Who is Art Therapy for?
You don’t have to be a Picasso in order to reap the benefits of art therapy. Instead, you have to be open to the idea that you have the capability of tapping into your own healing with the use of creative expression and the guidance of your professionally trained art therapist.
Oftentimes, people have issues communicating effectively with their loved ones – life partner, your child, a sibling, or parent- through the use of just words. Whether you’re looking to do Self-exploration in individual therapy, or if you’re looking to explore and understand yourself and your loved one(s) through family therapy or child therapy with parent support, art therapy has the power to help in a variety of different settings.
Art Therapy for Children and Adolescents.
You look at your child and you can see their pain. They carry it with them but struggle to express themselves. For some children, they haven’t learned the language to convey what it is they’re experiencing. For others, they haven’t gained the confidence to speak up. Even at a young age, we can experience low mood or undesired physical feelings. For children who don’t have the verbiage to express themselves in a constructive way they tend to use their behaviors and act out.
Art therapy is a constructive way to help your child learn how to express themselves in a way that is conducive to your family structure and society. It helps them gain insights to their thoughts and emotions in a way that can still allow them to be imaginative and curious about the world.
Art Therapy for Adults
You may not have created artwork since middle school. Art therapy has been effective in the treatment of various adult concerns including trauma, substance use, symptoms of mood disorders, and relationship conflicts. The process of art making will allow you to visualize what you have been internalizing in a safe and creative manner to promote healing.
Art therapy allows adults to tap into their inner Self and reflect on experiences, core values, and traumatic events that have impacted their ability to process through daily stressors. Through art making in a therapeutic space, one can ascribe symbolic and cognitive meaning to their responses of the process as well as their reactions. Healing can be found not only in the process but continue after one has transferred their emotional expression in ways that support progress in verbal communication.
Common Art Therapy Topics
- confidence building
- increase self-awareness
- increase self-esteem
- anger management
- behavior management
- major life adjustments
- family guidance
- social guidance
- mood regulation
- gender identity
- sexual orientation
- substance use recovery
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