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How Art Therapy Is Used to Help People Heal

Art therapy integrates psycho-therapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health and well-being.

The American Art Therapy Association characterizes art therapy as an approach to mental health that utilizes the process of creating art to improve mental, physical, and emotional wellness. The goal of art therapy is to utilize the creative process to help people explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.

Art therapy can be used to treat a wide range of mental disorders and psychological distress. In many cases, it might be used in conjunction with other psychotherapy techniques such asĀ  group therapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Some situations in which art therapy might be utilized include:

  • Children with learning disabilities
  • Adults experiencing severe stress
  • Children suffering from behavioral or social problems at school or at home
  • People experiencing mental health problems
  • Individuals suffering from a brain injury
  • Children or adults who have experienced a traumatic event
Some conditions that art therapy may be used to treat include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cancer
  • Medical conditions
  • Aging-related issues
  • PTSD
  • Emotional difficulties
    Eating disorders
  • Substance use
  • Family or relationship problems
  • Psycho-social issues
  • Stress
  • Psychological symptoms associated with other medical issues

How It Works

An art therapist may use a variety of art methods including drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage with clients ranging from young children to the elderly. Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical violence, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively.

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