Sometimes, what is felt inside that cannot be expressed in words can bring havoc to one’s mental health. When words elude the person, art therapy is the best solution to unburden one’s self.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a therapeutic technique that is designed to help foster the well-being or mental health of a person. A person does not need to have artistic talent to undergo art therapy, since the art created in the form of drawing, coloring, collage, or sculpting is not seen at face value, but is used to study the psychological and emotional undertones of a person through the artwork.

This method is for adolescents, children, and adults in order to explore their varying emotions, improve their self-confidence, manage alcohol or drug addiction, treat the symptoms of depression and anxiety, and recover from corporeal illness or disability. Art therapy can also bring back lost or forgotten memories, and can be done in different settings like wellness centers, hospitals, private counseling, senior centers, correctional institutions, and other communities.

How does art therapy work?

Art therapy is a process where a person delves into the subconscious and creates art that is unconsciously associated with the turmoil inside. The art therapist will be asking some questions while the patient is starting to create art, and through the conversation the patient expresses what is truly deep inside through the art. After the artwork is done, the art therapist will analyze the finished art. Art therapists are thoroughly trained to comprehend how textures, colors, image in the art, and other artistic expression connects to the patient who made the art. Art therapy aims to reveal what are the genuine feelings, thoughts, and psychological disposition of the patient. This can be done as a stand-alone therapy, or can be in correlation with other therapies for the mental or physical health.