What is Art Therapy
Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art. 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 behavior so they can move on to resolve deeper issues.
Understanding Art Therapy
Some issues but not limited to:
- Substance dependency
- Posttraumatic stress
- Attention deficit hyperactivity
- Aging and geriatric issues
- Heart disease
- Cognitive impairments
- Family or relationship issues
Once you begin creating, the therapist may, at times, simply observe your process as you work, without interference or judgment. When you have finished a piece of artwork—and sometimes while you are still working on it—the therapist will ask you questions along the lines of how you feel about the artistic process, what was easy or difficult about creating your artwork, and what thoughts or memories you may have had while you were working.
Generally, the therapist will ask about your experience and feelings before providing any observations.
- Finger painting
- Using molding clay
- Making pottery
- Making cards
- Using textiles
- Making collages
Art therapy is founded on the belief that self-expression through artistic creation has therapeutic value for those who are healing or seeking deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapists are trained to understand the roles that color, texture, and various art media can play in the therapeutic process and how these tools can help reveal one’s thoughts, feelings, and psychological disposition
Art therapy helps with but not limited to:
- Provides a safe confidential space where clients can express themselves.
- Art is an excellent outlet for emotions and a great way to release energy.
- Through the art process clients can practice change in small ways, showing themselves that they have the strengths and skills to make bigger changes beyond the sessions as well.
- When clients are making something they are present in the here and now. Art therapy can be an excellent way to practice mindfulness.
Why Art in Therapy
Art has been used as a means of communication, self-expression, group interaction, diagnosis, and conflict resolution throughout history. For thousands of years, cultures and religions around the world have incorporated the use of carved idols and charms, as well as sacred paintings and symbols, in the healing process.
Art therapy has been shown to benefit people of all ages. Research indicates art therapy can improve communication and concentration and can help reduce feelings of isolation. This type of therapy has also been shown to lead to increases in self-esteem, confidence, and self-awareness.
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Scientific Backing of Art Therapy
Key Benefits of Therapy at Exult
At Exult, we have multiple professionals who are licensed in helping with your art therapy experience. Here are some other great benefits of Exult:
- Group therapy
- Individual therapy
- Access to on-site psychiatrist
- Providers work together
- Tailored program for your loved one
- Afternoon hours
- Yoga and Mindulness
We do take multiple insurances such as United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare but we suggest you discuss any major medical decisions with your insurance provider.
We offer medication management but we try to keep an open discussion between the client, therapist, and psychiatrist as to the needs of the client.