Therapy is a form of treatment that is aimed at relieving emotional distress and mental health problems. Experts use varieties of approaches to tackle the issues of the individuals, which involves examining and gaining insight into life choices and difficulties faced by the individual following a medical diagnosis.
Art Therapy is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Doctors noted that individuals suffering from mental illness often expressed themselves in drawings and other art forms, which led many to explore the use of art as a healing strategy. With the guidance of a credentialed Art Therapist, clients can “decode” the nonverbal messages, symbols and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behaviours so they can move on to resolve deeper issues. The artwork can be used as a springboard for reawakening memories and telling stories that may reveal messages and beliefs from the unconscious mind. The Art Therapists are trained to understand the roles that colours, textures and various art media can play in the therapeutic process and how these tools can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings and psychological dispositions.
Sources: psychologytoday.com, verywellmind.com, wikipedia.com