Uses Of Art Therapy

By Divya Toshniwal

Our subconscious mind manifests itself through images and thus art therapy can be both a cathartic process and discovery of what is not evident. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art as a means of expression and communication.

Art therapy allows individuals to express their emotions in a nonverbal way, which can be especially helpful for those who have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. People can use symbols, colors and patterns in order to express the way they feel.

Any creative process, including art, brings you closer to yourself. They let your thoughts run wild and bring you out of inhibitions and into a journey of self-exploration.

For people who have gone through a traumatic experience, talking about it can send them further into a spiral.  In such situations art therapy acts as a medium for coping up with the trauma in a safe and controlled atmosphere.

Art therapy leaves you with a product, something that you have created. Hence, providing a feeling of creation and satisfaction within you. This impacts your subconscious mind in a way that boosts your self-esteem.

Art therapy can help individuals communicate their thoughts and feelings to others in a way that is less confrontational and more easily understood. It can be used for couples therapy and family therapy when communicating in words are increasing the issues.

There are a variety of techniques and materials used by art therapists. To know more about the techniques of art therapy  SWIPE UP