“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” - Eileen Miller
The creative process is a powerful tool for self-exploration and expression. Art Therapy is for all who seek an outlet, and a way of expressing those internal thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to verbalize. The connection and relationship between the tactile art-making process, combined with discussion with a professional Art Therapist is what makes this process unique and meaningful.
What is Art Therapy?
The Canadian Art Therapy Association defines Art Therapy as, “a combination of the creative process and Psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour, and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate”.
A question that comes up often when engaging in the therapeutic journey of Art Therapy is, “Do I need to be good at art?” To participate in Art Therapy you do not need to be an artist, there is no such thing as “good art” in this process, the goal is to empower and embrace each individual's uniqueness.
Art Therapy with Children and Teens
Often with children and teens emotions are difficult to verbalize and understand. Art acts as an extension of your inner mind allowing an alternative and non-threatening space to externalize, uncover, absorb, communicate, and reflect their inner world. Adolescent years are a time of many changes and transitions,teens usually feel more comfortable expressing themselves through metaphors, colours, images, and symbols. Art Therapy provides this outlet to process thoughts and feelings with kindness, self-exploration and guidance.