Art therapy is a form of therapy that uses creative expression and art-making to help individuals explore their emotions, improve their mental health, and enhance their overall well-being. It is a combination of traditional psychotherapy and the creation of visual art, allowing individuals to use various art materials and techniques to express themselves and communicate their feelings.
Art therapy can be used to treat a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. It can be helpful for individuals who have difficulty verbalizing their thoughts and emotions or who may feel more comfortable expressing themselves through art. The therapist may guide the individual through the art-making process or interpret the artwork to help the individual gain insight into their emotions and experiences.
Unlike artistic practice, the essence of art therapy lies within the healing and not destruction.