An art therapist may use a variety of art methods, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, doodling or scribbling, working with clay and collage with clients ranging from young children to the elderly.
Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical violence, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively.
Some situations in which art therapy might be utilised include:
~ Adults experiencing severe stress
~ Children suffering from behavioural or social problems at school or at home
~ Children or adults who have experienced a traumatic event
~ Children or adults with learning disabilities
~ Individuals suffering from a brain injury
~ Patients suffering from or recovering from Cancer
~ Adults with substance use disorder
The goal of art therapy is to utilise the creative process to help people explore self-expression and, in doing so, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop new coping skills.