"Art therapy engages the creative process through art making, which can be healing, enriching and pleasurable. One does not have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. The process of making art and exploring the art visually, as well as talking about it with an art therapist, can promote personal growth. Art therapy can facilitate change and provide coping skills, often with much more clarity than words alone could have provided. The art therapist provides a safe, non-judgmental environment for the participants to express themselves through a variety of art media." -The American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Brene Brown says, "There's no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don't. ... If we want to make meaning, we need to make art. Cook, write, doodle, paint, scrapbook, take pictures, collage, knit, rebuild and engine, sculpt, dance, decorate, act, sing-it doesn't matter. As long as we're creating, we're cultivating meaning."
Art therapy works in all sorts of ways. Here's an easy read article by a leader in our field that talks about how: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/arts-and-health/201608/why-art-therapy-works
Art is symbolic communication, and a way in. When folks are open to it, I invite them to get creative as a way to explore and deepen our work and your therapy.
Art therapy has been proven effective in enhancing mental health in a mind-body way.
Let's create healing together.
For more about art therapy: http://www.arttherapy.org/upload/aatafactsheet.pdf