What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy | A form of Psychotherapy
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. The use of art in the therapy room is used as a tool, aid to or form of communication and or expression in the therapy room. It can be used to help us to untie tricky emotions. It can help us process and understand ourselves, our thoughts or feelings about our past, present or future experiences/anxieties.
Art Therapy can be used to help adults, children and young people. Art therapy originally was inspired by psychoanalysis but today Art Therapy draws from many psychological theories and approaches for instance; attachment based theories, neuroscience, metallisation, mindfulness and compassion-focused. Each person is unique and Art Therapy tailors its approach to suit the needs of the individual. The therapeutic relationship and what is Brought to the therapy room is what is most important.
Art Therapy is unique in its ability to work within your window of tolerance. There is no pressure to talk or to make art in Art Therapy.It can be incredibly difficult for us to talk about our feelings or experiences sometimes. Making art can feel safer and easier than just talking. Using art helps to access parts of our brains that shut down when things become overwhelming and or traumatic. This in turn can help access, process, understand and move forward form such difficult experiences or feelings.
Art Therapy | Interesting and informative Video Links
- BAAT Youtube Playlist
The British Association of Art Therapists playlist of Art Therapy videos
- Ted Talk : Art can Heal invisible wounds
- Ted Talk : Art Empowerment, the Virtue of Art Therapy