Art therapy is a method of expressive therapy that makes use of art materials, such as chalks, markers and paints. An art therapist is a person who is trained in performing this therapy and also holds a master’s degree in it. Art therapy effectively blends conventional psychotherapeutic techniques with psychological aspects of creativity. Art therapists offer their service to individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities. It is employed both in clinical settings and also in non-clinical ones.
The non-clinical ones are mainly psychological exercises. A non-clinical example to art therapy is a “draw-a-man test’ given to kids. The resultant drawings will decipher the level of intelligence of each child, their observation capacities, memory power etc. All these factors get effectively incorporated in their drawings. The creative facet of art is found to be both healing and life-enhancing. The therapists make use of this aspect of art and helps in providing newer insight and judgment to their clients. Thus the people subjected to the therapy are better equipped to manage stress.
Enhancement of cognitive skills and struggling effectively through traumatic experiences are other benefits of art therapy. The most wonderful result of art therapy is that it promotes a smooth relationship among family members and friends.
Art therapists are trained to interpret nonverbal signals and metaphors that are communicated in a creative manner. The people subjected to art therapy develop a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. This therapy considers art making as a means of expressing one’s inner thoughts and feelings in a more authentic and spontaneous manner.
Emotional fulfilment and mental repair along with the resultant transformation are the positive consequences of the therapy. Thus art therapy is by all means a health-enhancing and growth-producing experience. It provides an opportunity for an otherwise inactive person to express himself both imaginatively and realistically at the same time.