Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses a combination of art making and evidence-based counselling techniques. It brings together the experiences of engaging in creativity and mental health counselling. It is a gentle, yet effective way of working. It allows you to set the pace of your sessions and to work at a speed that is comfortable for you. Creating art can be calming and provide a grounding experience when exploring difficult issues.
During counselling, art has many therapeutic benefits. First, just the act of being creative can be soothing. Being creative allows clients to work symbolically, which is useful for exploring early and complex trauma and for people who may have difficulty expressing themselves verbally. The use of art in counselling can enhance communication, and it allows you to begin to process your feelings and experiences before you even begin to talk about them. This is good for processing feelings that are difficult to name, or for processing issues that may have occurred when you were very young, before you had the words to describe what was happening and how it impacted you.