Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, chalk, and markers. Art therapy can achieve different benefits for different people, and you don’t need to be an artist or talented to receive these benefits.
Art therapy is founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities. It can be used to stimulate one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself. This, in turn, may promote personal development, increase coping skills, and enhance cognitive function.
The creative process of making art can help a person to express and understand emotions, resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness, and can improve their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
When you have finished a piece of artwork, the therapist will ask you questions along the lines of how you feel about the artistic process, what was easy or difficult about creating your artwork, and what thoughts or memories you may have had while you were working.