Art Therapy is Awesome! Why?
When one enters an art therapy studio, it doesn’t feel like a traditional talk therapy office. In my experience, one might find art projects in progress, images for inspiration, hanging works of art, music, and a liveliness that fills the space. Sure, there are many similarities between talk therapy and art therapy. Both provide a safe space for self-disclosure in a respectful and supportive way. Both work to assist the client in developing meaningful goals to address particular issues, however the means is through creative expression in art therapy. Talking is a supplement to the process but is not necessary. Additionally, one does not have to have any art skills to engage in art therapy with success. One only needs a willingness to explore themselves in a creative way. There are many ways we can do that. As an art therapist art making is the primary form of therapy however, I encourage other forms of creative expression including; writing, movement, music, and spiritual practices.
Benefits of Art Therapy
- Art making is self-reflective, like looking in a mirror
- It’s action-oriented, not passive
- Improves sensory integration
- Improves self-expression & self-regulation of feelings
- Offers a way to process & reflect on life events
- Encourages insight & problem solving
- Art making is transformative & encourages change
- Art products are personal and serve as metaphor or symbolism
- Art making provides a tangible product & reminder
- Images are powerful!!!
Art Therapy to Deepen Faith
- Art making can be an act of worship or prayer
- Art making can provide a process to meditate on scripture
- Encourages feelings of love, joy, hope, & gratitude
- Is self-soothing & peaceful
- Reveals or provides answers in life
- Provides an alternative way to explore, connect, and deepen one’s relationship with Christ
By: Linda Ziert, MAAT