The purpose of art therapy is to improve the emotional, mental and physical well being of those who participate.
Art Therapists are mental health professionals who work with clients, using the creative process to help them deal with a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:
- exploring feelings
- resolving emotional struggles
- cultivating self awareness
- managing behavior and addictions
- developing social skills
- managing anxiety
- increasing self-esteem.
Art therapy is available in a variety of settings including: hospitals, schools, psychiatric facilities, wellness centers, rehab facilities, crisis centers, senior centers, private practice, and community settings!
It’s useful in treating PTSD, cancer, traumatic brain injury, autism, dementia, depression, abuse victims, victims of disasters, and other mental and physical health conditions!
My daughter, Bethany is a special needs teen who is participating in an 8 week session of art therapy class right now!
It’s included in the rotation of activities offered at Flash Club, the social and fitness club for kids and adults who have autism!
While I can’t honestly say that art is Bethany’s favorite club activity, or just exactly how it might be benefiting her, I can honestly say that she is always eager and ready to go to class and has created some beautiful works of art that she is very proud of!
And that’s a good indication that she is enjoying art therapy class and if she’s enjoying it, then it must be making her happy!
So I can only come to one conclusion…Art Therapy must be doing Bethany some good!