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Art Therapy combines the process of creative art expression and psychotherapy to facilitates self-exploration and understanding. It uses the created image as a foundation for self-exploration and self-realization of personal thoughts and feelings rather than in words. Through the use of art therapy, feelings and inner conflicts can be projected into visual form.
Health benefits of Art Therapy
Art therapy engages all the senses to relax the nervous system. Art-making causes a shift from sympathetic to the parasympathetic nervous system, which results in improved self-regulation, anxiety reduction, feeling more in control, improved executive functioning, and acceptance and integration within the whole self.
Art therapy is effective for people of any age and precious art experience is unnecessary as the focus is on personal expression. An art therapist works with individuals, couples, families or groups in settings such as counselling agencies, schools, treatment centres, rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, correctional institutes and elder care locations.