What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which art media is used as a primary mode of expression and communication. Art therapists are trained in both creative methods and also in psychological and psychotherapeutic methods to help clients better express themselves and to improve their overall wellbeing.
How is art therapy different from an art activity?
Although an art activity can be therapeutic, it is not art therapy. A key difference is the involvement of a therapeutic relationship where the art is not looked at as a final product but a reflection of oneself. An art teacher focuses on teaching art skills and techniques whereas a trained art therapist would keep in mind the client's needs while developing sessions.
Who can benefit from art therapy?
Art therapy is good for people of all ages and developmental levels. It is helpful for those who are feeling overwhelmed by their surroundings as well as anyone coping with anxiety, PTSD, trauma, attention disorders, grief and loss, dementia, depression, eating disorders, physical illness, relationship issues and more. It aids the process of discovering your inner self and in becoming more self aware.
Is it required to have prior experience in art-making?
People often think that they need to have art skills to join art therapy, however, no prior experience in art is required as it is used only as a tool and the focus is on the process rather than a finished product. All that is needed is a willingness to experiment.
How do I schedule a art therapy session?
If you wish to schedule an individual art therapy session, do write us an email of your / your referred clients details such as background . We will then assign one of our art therapists to get in touch with you and schedule a session at a mutually agreeable time. If you wish to arrange a group session, workshop or talk, please send us your requirements such as the nature and needs of the group and we will arrange to speak with you shortly.
What is an art-therapist trained in?
An art therapist is trained in art, human development, psychotherapy principles, and other psychology theories. They pick up on nonverbal symbols and metaphors that are expressed through art and the creative process. The art therapist has to undergo an accredited post-graduate program in order to practice art therapy as a clinician.
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