What is Art Therapy?

When it comes to the treatment of mental health there are various methods and applications that are used. Those could include medication, psychotherapy, support groups, and more. One treatment that is most commonly used to treat mental illness is art therapy. So what is art therapy?

Art therapy can most simply be described as an application of the visual arts in a therapeutic context. It refers to many different types of treatment including, drawing, painting and crafting therapy, music therapy, dance and movement therapy, and theatre therapy. The aim is to manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem. Individuals that can benefit from art therapy do not have to be world-class artists or musicians by any means! The focus of art therapy is not on the final product but more-so on the process, so all individuals need is a willingness to try. 

Fine Art Miracles provides various types of art therapies to those that we work with. Given that art does not have age restrictions, neither do our art therapy sessions. We work with both young children and the elderly, catering the session to the needs of the group or individual. Our instructors have seen amazing results and milestones reached by our clients who we work with regularly. Cathy Malchiodi, a leading expert in todays art therapy movement, said in her book The Art Therapy Sourcebook that through art therapy, “people may find relief from overwhelming emotions, crises, or trauma. They may discover insights about themselves, increase their sense of well-being enrich their daily lives through creative expression, or experience personal transformation.”

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