What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy where the process of art making acts as a catalyst for self-expression and discovery. Its aim is to help individuals to make sense of, and overcome, difficult moments in their lives.
During sessions, various art materials are made available for people to choose from for drawing, painting or modelling, in a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental environment.
No experience in art is necessary because all images are valued as expression of a state of mind, rather than for their aesthetic quality.
With the continual support of the Therapist, clients decide what to draw and paint, evolve at their own pace, and are encouraged to experiment with new materials.
In the context of Brain Injury and Neurological conditions, the act of art-making activates different parts of the brain, combining sensory. cognitive and emotional stimuli. This in turn can:
Promote focus and eye-hand coordination
- Broaden communication
- Improve sense of self-worth
- Stimulate emotional vitality
- Release stress
- Promote autonomy
The finished artwork can also help individuals to remember the stages of their emotional journey throughout the therapy, and to create a personal narrative.