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Who Can Benefit From Art Therapy Art therapy is especially appropriate for children, adolescents and adults who have difficulty verbalizing their feelings, those who struggle with significant losses, trauma, past abuse, unresolved grief, adjustment to family problems, body image and people facing the challenges of physical illnesses. It is also helpful for those who are highly verbal or tend to intellectualize, as art can help bypass the parts of us which censor what we are willing to talk about.

Children choose art as a natural language for self expression and they are often more comfortable exploring difficult feelings through art. Adolescents are at the height of their creative capacities and as they struggle to find their individual identity in a confusing world, art can facilitate self-exploration, 
improve self-awareness, and encourage responsible choices and positive growth. For those children and adolescents who have learning challenges, or who struggle with depression, anxiety or behavioral issues, art provides an opportunity to build improved cognitive, social, and interpersonal skills and improve self esteem. Individuals who are blocked in areas such as memory, expression of feeling, or social interactions find that art therapy provides a safe place to express themselves, discover new ways to interact, and improve awareness and self confidence.

Art therapy is beneficial even when you are not facing challenges. It can enhance personal growth, increase and deepen self awareness, creativity and the imagination. Art making in art therapy facilitates the exploration of identity, the making of positive life choices, and supports you through life transitions. All of us have a creative part inside us; art therapy can help access the inner artist to enrich many aspects of your life.

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