Art therapy is a mental health profession that enriches the lives of individuals through the creative process and the active creation of art. By using the creative process, the subject can express their emotions and work through any emotional issues they’ve been building up inside.
Through the process of art therapy, people who are experiencing developmental, medical, educational, and social or psychological impairment can start to develop and reach new accomplishments. Art therapy has also shown to benefit those who have survived trauma from combat, abuse, and natural disaster.
This type of therapy comes with a wide array of benefits, such as:
- Improves mental capacities
- Boosts self-esteem and self-awareness
- Encourages emotional resilience,
- Promotes intuition
- Enhances social skills
- Reduces and resolves conflicts and distress
As Pablo Picasso said, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” The benefits of art therapy have become more obvious, as many studies show how helpful art therapy is to people who experience issues like Alzheimer’s, depression, and even autism!