What is it?
- A therapeutic technique that involves the use of creativity.
- Focuses on the creative art-making process itself and the analysis of expression through the patient-therapist interaction.
- Originally it adopted a psychoanalytic approach to which the therapist attempts to interpret the client's symbolic self-expression as communicated through art.
Modern Art Therapy also employs other approaches such as:
What is the Goal of Art Therapy?
- Using humanism and creativity to solve emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness and develop personal growth.
- I have worked in hospitals where I used art to cheer up sick patients and encourage communication. Making cards and origami for them to bring a smile to their faces.
- I also taught art lessons to seniors suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, and used art as a means to encourage a sense of community.