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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Baker, MA

Art Therapy and Its Benefits

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While psychotherapy and therapy comes with several benefits, art therapy has proven to be effective in a variety of ways that differ from traditional therapy.

A lot of people are still unfamiliar with art therapy and have no idea as to how it might be able to help. If you haven’t heard of art as a form of therapy, the benefits may surprise you.

In this article, we’ll be highlighting the benefits of art therapy. Read on and see if it can aid you in some way or another.

Self expression

What cannot be said through words can easily be expressed through art. Art therapy is especially beneficial for children as they are less comfortable and less capable of expressing themselves through words. It can foster existing language or even provide a new language when words and current circumstances cannot describe what the person truly feels.

While art therapy is mostly used for children, it can also be beneficial for adults. This is especially true for those people who are shy, withdrawn or have trouble functioning in a social situation.

By expressing themselves through art, the therapist can help you deal with the feelings and emotions that you are struggling with; thus, allowing you to heal.

Sparks and awakens process

Aside from self expression, one of the most obvious benefits of art therapy is the spark created in the imagination. It’s like a new discovery, an a-ha moment, that allows a person to experience something new.

It can shed light on the past, open a doorway to unarticulated feelings, bring light to something stuck or even lead to new things.

Reduces stress and anxiety

Art provides a relaxing experience. It helps reduce stress and anxiety. Keep in mind, though, that you don’t need a therapist to enjoy this benefit. Art is something you can do own your own or with others to relieve stress.

Self awareness

You can learn a lot about yourself through your own creative expression.

Art therapy can lead a person to some insightful conclusions about themselves. It helps you understand certain aspects of yourself that you may not know existed

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