WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy. It allows people with emotional or psychological difficulties to use creative materials to explore their thoughts and feelings. The art therapist cooperates by offering the materials and sometimes a third hand when asked (to stabilize materials or pass tissues or whatever else is needed). The art therapist does not interpret the pieces that are created, but supports the client to come to their own understanding. Images, colours and shapes become a way of communicating with one’s self and with the therapist.
In other words, art therapy is a chance to get messy and take chances in a safe environment in order to learn more about yourself. Art therapy can help you uncover, discover, and recover from your current situation or stresses . You do not need to be an artist or even particularly creative in order to participate. The emphasis is not on making something pretty to display, but to allow the process of using the materials begin to organize your thoughts and feelings to understand yourself, your life, and your experiences.
Art therapy invitations might include:
- Mask Making
- Clay, Plasticine or Playdough
- Collage work
- Painting (including finger painting!)
- Prayer Flags
- Body Mapping