What is Art therapy?
Time and again in life we find ourselves at a loss with words.
Our experience of not being able to allocate words to express
how we feel prevails, least of which to describe a problem that
we ourselves are not even aware of.
The base to art therapy is the belief that thought and
emotion arises from our unconscious.
Since our thoughts and emotions are usually the culprits to our suffering,
the purpose of art therapy is to uncover the hidden emotions in our unconscious
connection to our existing problem.
Art is a perfect tool as pictures are worth a thousand words, and art
Each image in the art resembles a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, there are
stories to tell.
These stories are only relevant to you and you alone as each of us possess
solely one window of looking into our inner self.
You do not need to be a trained artist to do your art.
All you need to do is let your heart be your guide.
Choose any art materials and tools, colors, and shapes that come to you
staying open. No preparation is needed.
A trained therapist is to guide you inside your art,
and try to bring your awareness to each image in the art
by asking questions so as to enhance your self-awareness of your unconscious.
Art therapy is a journey together between a client and a therapist.
Art therapy works for anyone who seeks it.
It works especially well if you are a non-verbal person,
or if you are anxious and confused, or if you have been traumatized.
The length of the therapeutic process all depends on
the needs of each individual and the complexity of the problems.
Art therapy is not a magic bullet.
Carl Jung: "Art, accompanying man on his difficult journey to himself,
has always been ahead of him at the goal.
Each task reveals a different aspect of self.
It is the repetition of this goal that reveals the truth."
In my practice, you can address issues such as:
* Anxiety and stress
* Grief and loss
* Attachment issues
* Self-identity and image
* Behavioral issues in children
* ADHD in children
* Life transition