What is art therapy and its benefits?
Art therapy is a body-mind therapy. By creating art, viewing it and talking about it, serves as a good coping mechanism for children or people affected by their problems. It helps to increase self-awareness for children suffering from emotional stress or other personal related problems. An art therapist makes use of pictures, visual symbols and art supplies to help children address and resolve their own personal conflicts. The art therapist might work with children individually or in groups and must also have a good understanding of one’s behaviour in order to assess and help the child accordingly. Creating paintings, drawings, or sculptures are used to help children express their feelings and to discuss their emotions and concerns about any related problem they may be inflicted with.
Many art therapists will agree that this type of therapy works since creating art influences brain wave patterns and substances are released in the brain that helps reduce stress, fear and anxiety. Children also learn how to express hidden emotions by engaging in art and talking about it. It provides a sense of freedom and is also an effective form of distraction.
How does art therapy work?
By creating art with an art therapist, children can express painful emotions or thoughts that they may not feel free to discuss with a teacher or a parent. Creating a drawing or painting of an emotion or something troublesome that may have happened to the child, will serve as a tool that will help the art therapists guide the child through the healing process and help the child deal with certain conflicts and concerns, in much the same way that conventional mental health therapy works where one would talk with a councillor or child psychologist.
Case Study #1
A Little Boy Who Lost His Mom
Case Study #2
A Boy Cannot hold a pencil properly