How Does Art Therapy Work?

  • Art can be considered a type of language that uses symbols and metaphors which have their origins in the unconscious. Because art uses symbols, it can be an effective way of reaching what is lost or hidden.
  • Art offers a different way to express thoughts, feelings and memories through creative thinking and by the physical activity of making the art.
  • Art itself has a way of speaking if allowed to do so.
  • The client is actively involved in sharing the meaning of the art work. The therapist acts in the role of guide and counsellor.
  • Art therapy encourages creative thinking, decision making and risk-taking within a safe environment.

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