What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a treatment modality used in counseling and psychotherapy practices, whereas the counselor uses art materials and techniques as tools during sessions. Art therapy can be used by people with varying levels of art experience. It can be used for many different populations, including children, adults, elderly, veterans, those with developmental disabilities and special needs, individuals with addiction issues, and trauma-relational issues. Art therapists are specifically trained to understand what types of materials are beneficial for the work based in different therapeutic topics. These art therapy techniques are then incorporated into talk therapy modalities.
The inclusion of art therapy within talk therapy methods gives clients who may struggle with verbalizing their experiences, new ways to communicate. Essentially, this is done by implementing art techniques and materials that help you to access both the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere of your brain, thus allowing a complete integration of thoughts, feelings, and emotions while processing your experiences.