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Art therapy uses art media, images and the overall creative art process along as a reflection of an individual’s development, ability, personality, interest, concern and conflict. The therapy is based on the belief that the creative process involved in the making of art if healing and life-enhancing. Through creating art and talking about art with an art therapist, one can increase awareness of self, cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities, and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of artistic creativity.
Art therapists work with children, adolescents, and adults and provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. Art therapists are skilled in the application of a variety of art modalities (drawing, painting, clay and other mediums) for treatment and assessment and conduct research as well as provide consultations to allied professionals.
It is an effective treatment for the developmentally, medically, educationally, socially or psychologically impaired; and is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational, and forensic institutions. Populations of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds are served by art therapists in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.
Art therapy groups can be quite diverse in terms of participants
Art therapy is a kind of expressive therapy
Art therapy is unique. Itís a creative technique without barriers. And it may benefit you in many surprising ways.
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While there has been a real revolution in the physical therapies over the last decade, there seems to have been less focus on the spiritual aspects of our lives.