What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is defined as a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication.

An Art Therapist will support you to build a greater self-awareness which will allow for new or alternative insights to manifest. This can assist your resiliency, strength and sense of empowerment.  

Is Art Therapy for you?

There are all sorts of reasons why people begin their therapy journey.

Deciding to have therapy is a big step, and is an important communication about the value you give to yourself.

Art Therapy is widely used with people of all ages, and is used to work through a variety of difficulties.

Art Therapy provides individuals with a creative, friendly, safe space where you can work through difficulties you may be experiencing with a range of different art materials, techniques and activities.The process of creating an image can help you to make discoveries and communicate feelings so that you can understand them better. 

How does art come into therapy?

Art making is part of the therapeutic relationship. It exists much like a helping hand that supports communication through expression.  You'll learn to become more familiar with using the art materials in ways that feel right for you as you build your own personal bond with this process, much in the same way as you build your relationship with your Art Therapist.

Every relationship is unique, and this extends to the relationship you have with creativity. There’s no right or wrong way for this to be.  

How does Art Therapy work?

Accessing emotion through visual imagery enables a re-connection between both sides of the brain. The right side of the brain is non-verbal and is  where memories are stored. Conversation regarding artwork stimulates the left side of the brain where logic and objectivity are stored. Linking both sides of the brain enables a connection of cognitive and emotional processing.

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