Art PsychotherapyArt Psychotherapy, also known as Art Therapy, is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art to help people express themselves and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. Talking about your problems can be difficult, and sometimes words might not seem enough or somehow get in the way, so being able to communicate through another medium (art) may be easier. The art making process allows you to work at a pace that suits you, and it is up to you how much, if at all, you want to say about your artwork.
You do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy. The art therapist can help get you started, and can suggest some initial activities if you’re feeling stuck. The art therapist does not judge your artwork, nor are they there to teach you a skill. The art therapist can help you find your own meaning of your artwork.
Art Psychotherapy can help with lots of issues, some common reasons for coming to Art Psychotherapy are:
• Self harm
• Communication problems
• Relationship problems
Your artwork is stored safely for you by your therapist during sessions, and having it to look back on can be a helpful reminder of previous sessions and can help to identify any patterns.
How many sessions will you need?Some people only need a few sessions in order to help them move on, whilst others may require sessions for a few months, or even years. Everybody is different and has different needs, so it's hard to say how many sessions you might like to have. The art therapist will work with you to set some aims for therapy and will work at your own pace to help achieve these. You can review your therapy at any stage with your therapist to see how you feel the therapy is progressing.
For more information on Art Therapy, have a look at the British Association of Art Therapists website www.baat.org/about-art-therapy.