Art Therapy Benefits

At Art as Therapy, clients are playfully invited to use their imagination and creativity to explore current challenges. Through a combination of art-making and talking, clients of all ages are empowered to tap into their inner strengths, and to use those strengths to create connections with themselves and others. At Art as Therapy we believe that every individual has the power to discover new ways of interacting with the world. Our role is to offer a safe, inviting, confidential space where clients can discover their power for themselves.

Other benefits of Art Therapy include but are not limited to:

·       Safe – art therapy provides a safe confidential space where clients can express themselves

·       Accessible – everyone is capable of creative expression, regardless of age, ability, or circumstance

·       Strengths-based – the creative process is all about making, changing, building and doing – it naturally and automatically taps into clients’ strengths and shows them what they can do

·       Positive – being creative and making something can often be enjoyable and can positively shift a client’s mood

·       Expressive – art is an excellent outlet for emotions and a great way to release energy

·       Empowering – 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

·       Playful – the art process often brings out a sense of playfulness, which can help clients to see things in new ways and can alleviate a feeling of “being stuck”

·       Practical – the creative process is a great way to build and practice skills that contribute to increased self esteem

·       Concrete – the art products created during art therapy sessions can be visual reminders of the therapy process and can help clients to internalize and remember what happens in the sessions

·       Mindful – when clients are making something they are present in the here and now. Art therapy can be an excellent way to practice mindfulness

·       Strengthening – Art therapy encourages verbal and nonverbal communication which strengthens connections between the left and right side of the brain – it essentially makes your brain stronger!