Art therapy is
especially appropriate for children, adolescents and adults who have
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
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.