Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, colouring, or sculpting to facilitate self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour, and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressing that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
With the guidance of a counsellor, you will be prompted to decode the nonverbal messages, symbols, and metaphors often found in these art forms, which should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behaviour. The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
You don’t need to be a talented artist to benefit from art therapy, and there are professionals that can work with you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.