What is Art Therapy?

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Art therapy is a distinct mental health profession facilitated by a qualified art therapist which incorporates art media and the creative process to support personal and therapeutic goals. 

Benefits of art therapy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Aids in expressing parts of the psyche which cannot be adequately described with words alone

  • Creates a safe place to explore your inner experience through imagery and symbolism

  • Helps to bridge the gap between the emotional mind and logical mind

  • Helps to access your inner wisdom or messages from your subconscious

  • Helps reduce levels of distress while dealing with difficult and painful emotions

  • Creates distance between you and your pain

  • Helps facilitate mindfulness, or the practice of being present with an attitude of curiosity and acceptance (playfulness)