What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the art-making process within a therapeutic relationship to improve and inform a child’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Art therapy is recognized as a viable form of the therapy in the mental health profession in Singapore. Art therapists may employ a variety of artistic expressions and art mediums, depending on the intentions and experiences of the clients that they are working with. The creative process can help to access the client’s deeper thoughts and feelings and create an outlet for non-verbal expression. The art therapist supports the process of finding meaning in the expression and explores ways to understand and integrate growth in the client.
Some of the benefits of art therapy for children include:
- Better regulation of emotions
- Enhances interpersonal and communication skills
- Nurtures decision-making and problem-solving skills
- Encourages personal growth and well-being
- Fosters self-esteem and the sense of self
- Increases focus and attention-span
- Trains and cultivates social emotional resilience
- Stress and anxiety reduction
“I make art when I can’t gather the words to say.” Nikki Rowe
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