Do you find it difficult to express yourself in words?
Is your internal dialogue with yourself unloving and harsh?
Do you find it difficult to love yourself unconditionally and embrace who you really are?
Then let me introduce you to my world of Art Therapy
Advantages of Art Therapy
I never realized until I started painting, that there is so much within me wanting and waiting to be expressed. As I allowed for this flow of creative energy to take life within me and be expressed through me, I discovered a whole new way of experiencing life’s various chapters.
Art therapy helps to resolve internal conflict, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and achieve insight.
Art therapy can encourage you to:
Express feelings that may be difficult to verbalise
Explore your imagination and creativity
Develop healthy coping skills and focus
Improve self-esteem and confidence
Identify and clarify issues and concerns
Increase communication skills
Share in a safe nurturing environment
Improve motor skills and physical co-ordination
Identify blocks to emotional expression and personal growth
Common Misconceptions about Art Therapy
”I am not artistic!”
Art Therapy actually has very little to do with being good at art. But rather, a lot to do with awakening your internal artist and connecting with yourself through the use of colour and drawing as a way of understanding yourself better.
Other benefits of Art Therapy include but are not limited to:
Art therapy provides a safe confidential space where clients can express themselves
Everyone is capable of creative expression, regardless of age, ability, or circumstance
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
Being creative and making something can often be enjoyable and can positively shift a client’s mood
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
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”
The creative process is a great way to build and practice skills that contribute to increased self esteem
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
When clients are making something they are present in the here and now. Art therapy can be an excellent way to practice mindfulness
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!