Art Therapy

Have you ever heard of art therapy? There are many great benefits one can have from using art therapy.

Have you ever heard of art therapy? There are many great benefits one can have from using art therapy. This form of therapy is great for people who are going through emotional difficulties. It was created to help those with psychological issues to form their feelings through artistic expression to bring forth the healing process in a way that is interactive with body and mind. You do not need to have mental issues to enjoy or benefit from art therapy. There are many people who use it to center themselves with what they are feeling. It can be a way to express yourself without having to tell people how you are feeling.

What does art therapy do for people?

Whether you are viewing your art or someone else’s art, you will have plenty to learn and feel from it. The whole point of Art Therapy is to use the creative process to help others with being more open to self-expression. Being able to express yourself more honestly and openly will give you more insight into your inner feelings and thoughts. That is what makes Art Therapy a great way to build positive coping methods to handle life, difficult situations, making mistakes, and much more.

Here is a small list of what talking or even thinking about art can do for you.

  • It will help you to explore your emotions. If you try to push your emotions down deep inside, this is a great way to feel free to express your hidden the darkest feelings.
  • It will help you to build your own self-awareness. It can be hard to face your feelings when they are not always so positive, or you are confused about how you feel.
  • Art therapy is a great way to cope with the stress that builds up with time. Don’t hold it in and cause more health issues for yourself. If you do not cope with stress in positive way, then this will benefit you considerably.
  • Art has a way of making you feel better about yourself. Whether it is because people like or relate to your work, or you are just proud to have created something so amazing, you will get a serious boost in your confidence with art therapy.
  • You will improve your social skills tremendously with art therapy by being able to discuss your art and other’s art with people.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is an integrative human service and mental health profession. It enhances the lives of individuals, families, and even communities by being able to relax and design art with a social encounter within a psycho therapeutic involvement. Art therapy provides a safe space for people to open up to themselves and others depending on the group number.

What techniques are used in Art Therapy?

The following techniques are used as a doorway to get people to open up about their feelings on the art work. People of all ages can benefit from being able to connect art to behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and actions involving themselves. There is no special gift or talent that must be acquired to be able to join Art Therapy. It is a real confidence builder for people of all ages to be able to create your own masterpiece and discuss what is behind the lines.

What are the uses for Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is often joined with other psycho therapeutic activities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy. It is used in a wide range of mental disorders and mild psychological issues. Here is a list of all the common uses for Art Therapy.

  • Children, teens, adults, and elderly people who are experiencing severe stress.
  • Children that are suffering from bullying or abuse in the home or school.
  • Children and teens suffering from behavior and social problems in school or in the home.
  • Domestic violence victims that are suffering at home or trying to heal.
  • Children, teens, and adults with mild to severe learning disabilities.
  • Children, teens, adults, and elderly people suffering from a brain injury or head trauma.
  • Children, teens, adults, and elderly people that are suffering with mild to severe mental health issues.

What are some conditions that Art Therapy is used for?

  • A wide variety of age related issues
  • All levels of anxiety and depression
  • Cancer patients and survivors or family members of Cancer patients and survivors
  • All types of eating disorders
  • Many emotional or social disorders
  • Family and relationship issues
  • All types of medical issues
  • PTSD
  • Psycho-social issues
  • Mild to severe stress
  • All types of substance abuse
  • Suicide survivors or potential victims

This form of therapy is not a cure for Cancer. It will give the patient a chance at a better quality of life. There have been many patients who have changed their way of thinking and feeling from having a better knowledge of themselves and their emotions. Art Therapy gives the patients the ability to relieve some stress and tension in the mind and body.

What is the difference between a standard art class and Art Therapy?

A standard art class is not going to discuss your feelings about the art. The class will be more about the techniques and other factors that help to create amazing art pieces. An Art Therapy session will be more about learning yourself while creating art rather than perfecting your paint stroke. You will be able to really learn how to cope with the dark times as well as enjoy the good times that each day comes with. Art Therapy can be a bonding experience for blended families as a way to get out the complex feelings that come with the joining of two families. An art class will teach you about the history of Art, while Art Therapy will teach you how to cope with your difficult history.

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Issues that I can help with

  • Abuse: Domestic Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Sexual Abuse and Violence

  • Trauma: Childhood Trauma, Post-Traumatic Symptoms

  • Depression: Situational Depression, Bereavement, Lack of Motivation and Apathy

  • Self-Worth: Self-Esteem Issues/Self-Confidence, Resilience Skills, Self-Harm

  • Fears: Panic Attacks, Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour

  • Relationships: Relationship Breakdown, Relationship Difficulties, Parent-Child Relationship

  • Stress: Anger, Anxiety, Stress, Traumatic Events, Work-Related Issues, Work-Life Balance

  • Suicide: Suicidal Ideations/Thoughts, Suicide Bereavement

Tatjana Simakova

Tatjana Simakova MA APCP IACAT

Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Art Therapist
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