Art Therapy

By : James Yougler - Published On: February 15, 2017

portrait of a youngster painting an art

Why Use Art Therapy

Sometimes we need a picture to express our thoughts and speak our mind to the world. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes words are just not enough. So if you think you have something to say, why not through art? Better yet, why not try art therapy? It can be relaxing and a great way to de-stress. Who knows? Maybe through art therapy you'll discover your true talent as an artist. One can never know.

So you are probably wondering how art therapy came to be. Why did it ever even happen? Art has been around for so long. However it was not until more recently that art therapy was officially recognized as a technique used for individuals to really express their thoughts. Since then, it has been used in many therapeutic programs. Who would have thought that drawing a picture could put someone at ease, or even be used as a healing technique? The artistic mind works wonders.

Don't go into an art therapy class imagining it will be the same as as an ordinary art course. An ordinary art class has you drawing a picture for a grade, even if you're allowed to use your creativity. In an art therapy session you don't have to be concerned about the results. The focus is truly on your thoughts and feelings and expressing them in your own artistic way. No grade for you to worry about.

What exactly is art therapy? elderly woman having art therapy

So what is the official definition of art therapy? Think of it as expression. By using paints, markers, crayons, or any form of art supply, you can unwind and just draw all you want. Are you wondering if it works? It benefits many people who have suffered traumas, any form of abuse, depression, or anxiety, allowing them to express themselves through art. Let your thoughts onto that piece of paper and draw. Throughout the process, psychic therapy techniques are used to give an understanding of creative thinking.

Art therapy has been used in many ways, for example, mental health clinics have used art therapy to provide recreation, while therapists may often use art therapy for:

  • children 

  • adults

  • families

  • communities

  • many more

So check out the concept of art therapy. It might work magic for you.