If you or someone you love is thinking about art therapy, there are some common misconceptions and facts you should become aware of.
You Don’t Have To Be Artistic: People do not need to have artistic ability or special talent to participate in art therapy, and people of all ages including children, teens and adults can benefit from it.
It’s Not The Same As An Art Class: People often wonder how an art therapy session differs from the average art class. Where an art class is focused on teaching technique or creating a specific finished product, art therapy is more about letting clients focus on their inner experience. In creating art, people are able to focus on their own perceptions, imagination and feelings. Clients are encouraged to create art that expresses their inner world more than making something that is an expression of the outer world.
Art Therapy Can Take Place In A Variety Of Settings: Inpatient offices, private mental health offices, schools and community organisations are all possible settings where art therapy services may be available. Some specific settings where art therapy might take place include:
~ Private Therapy Offices
~ Schools, Colleges and Universities
~ Community Centres
~ Correctional Facilities
~ Group Homes
~ Art Studios
~ Homeless Shelters
~ Senior Centres
~ Wellness Centres
~ Women’s Shelters