Why Use Art?

Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties. The process of Art-making has an inherent healing power and is therapeutic in itself.

Art-making is an opportunity to express oneself imaginatively, authentically and spontaneously, and can lead to personal fulfillment, emotional reparation and transformation.

When creating visual images, people draw on the right side of the brain – the same side used before spoken language develops. It is where visual images are stored.

Using art materials to make images, which can be processed with a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist may help to alleviate difficult and painful feelings and increase general wellbeing.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the words to describe feelings or to talk directly about difficulties so communicating through another medium may be easier or more appropriate.

Sometimes there are just too many words – and they can get in the way of being able to be in touch with emotions. These are just some reasons for the “Art” in Art Psychotherapy.