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What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is an approach in psychotherapy based on the idea that creative expression can stimulate healing and mental well-being.

 

The art is used to find meaning, explore implicit memories, work through trauma, express grief, explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and explore different aspects of personality.

What will you experience in sessions

Techniques you might use in art therapy can include drawing, painting, colouring, sculpting, or collage. You will be either guided through an invitation from a therapist or may choose to express what is on your mind. Once your artwork is completed you may analyze what you've made and how it makes you feel. You might notice themes, that would come up in multiple sessions, or conflicts that may be affecting your thoughts and feelings.

An art therapist does not analyze your art, you are the expert of your own life. It is up to you to identify main themes. An art therapist might guide you in your journey to make meaning and understand what showed up in your art, help to guide you through unpacking themes and identify the significance of it in light of your presenting concerns.

You do not need to have artistic skills to participate in art therapy. It is not only about the final product, it is about the process, the journey on your way to self-discovery.

Crisis Resources

~ If you are in crisis or need someone to talk to immediately, please go to the WORLDWIDE crisis line: www.befrienders.org

~ If you are in CANADA visit: www.crisisservicescanada.ca or call: 1.833.456.4566 or text 45645

~ CANADA KIDS Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 for 24/7 support 

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