First steps in choosing the right therapy ... is art therapy for me?
Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Art therapy is a therapeutic modality for adults, children and young people. It can involve drawing, painting, making objects to express thoughts and ideas. There is no need to have any prior experience using art materials or any "skill" as an artist. All that is required is a willingness to try. Art therapy can be beneficial on many levels. For those who find it difficult to express ideas verbally it can provide an alternative way to express thoughts, feelings and emotions. It can be both relaxing and challenging using art materials which can help us learn to regulate our feelings, develop self-efficacy and self-confidence leading to increased resilience when confronted by challenges in life. There is evidence art therapy and other creative therapies can assist with a range of neurological conditions including post-traumatic stress, addictive behaviours and dementia.
The following sites provide an outline of the benefits of art therapy:
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/therapy-types/art-therapy
Allied Health Professions Australia: https://ahpa.com.au/allied-health-professions/art-therapy/