Anyone. Anyone who is willing to engage in the art therapy process will benefit from art therapy. Just doing art is not always therapeutic in itself, art can be created mechanically and critically and we can remain in the critical thinking part of our mind when we create. When a client engages an art therapist, a temenos (safe, meaningful, therapeutic space) has the whole person invited to engage in the art process from a self-reflective, deep thinking and introspection place.
No artistic ability or experience is expected or required in an art therapy session. An art therapist will explain and demonstrate all art mediums and materials. Art therapy is about self expression and uses the art therapy process and has no focus on the final product. Art therapy accesses imagination and creativity, qualities which all human beings possess, in order to generate new models of living and contribute to the development of a more integrated sense of self. A facilitated art process encourages access to the unconscious and unlocks perspectives into the conscious.
Art therapy is particularly suited to those who:
- are struggling to articulate their experiences and feelings verbally
- have found talk therapy to be ineffective or frustrating or feel that talking can’t help any more and you feel stuck
- don’t have the vocabulary to express themselves such as children, teens or those with a disability
- are seeking to unleash full creative potential.