WHAT IS ARTS THERAPY?
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for."
– Georgia O’Keeffe
Throughout the centuries, arts therapy has been used as a form of therapy that uses drawing, music and movement & dance to help individuals who have been through overwhelming life circumstances to communicate their thoughts and feelings without using words.
Research supports the use of arts therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.
Arts therapy is practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centres, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centres, senior communities, private practice and other clinical and community settings.
By engaging in the creative process, individuals can regain control over an uncontrollable situation, while learning to express themselves.
- express feelings that may be difficult to verbalize
- explore their imagination and creativity
- resolve conflicts and problems
- develop interpersonal & communication skills
- manage behaviour
- reduce stress and trauma
- increase self-esteem and confidence
- achieve insight and self-awareness.
Arts Therapy facilitates the release, relief, reflection, repair and restoration in the lives of its beneficiaries, whether they are children, adults or the elderly.