Your scribbles and drawings may treat you psychologically
You may have felt a sense of relief before when you drew some symbols and scribbles during a long and boring lecture in an attempt to waste time until this lecture was over! These scribbles may be meaningless to you because you only drew them out of fun, but did you know that this behavior you did is one of the scientifically proven ways to relieve and treat the soul? It is a simplified form of a popular scientific term called “Art Psychotherapy”.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a scientific method that uses creative techniques such as drawing, coloring, and the use of symbols and art forms to help people express themselves artistically and provide them with a deeper understanding of themselves and their personalities.
Art therapy is based on the belief that self-expression through artistic creativity has therapeutic value. According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapists are trained to understand the roles that the choice of color, texture, and shape of artwork can play in the therapeutic process and how these aids can reveal the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and psychological behavior.
With the guidance of a certified art therapist, clients can ‘decode’ graphics and symbols that should lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior so that they can move on to solving deeper problems they face.
Art therapy helps children, teens, and adults explore their emotions, improve self-esteem, relieve stress, and relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Art therapy is now widely offered in hospitals and psychiatric clinics around the world, and art therapists work with individuals, couples, and groups in a variety of settings, including private counseling, hospitals, health centers, correctional institutions, senior centers, and other community institutions.
Art therapy does not require artistic talent!
There should not be an artistic talent necessary for the success of art therapy, because the therapeutic process is not related to the artistic value that the work provides, but rather it is about finding connections between the creative works that a person has done and what he feels in his depths.
Artwork can be used as a starting point for reviving memories and prompting the person to narrate past events that left a deep impression on him, which helps uncover messages and beliefs in the subconscious mind, as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings and improve self-esteem.
How is art therapy?
As with any form of therapy, in your first session, you will talk to your therapist about why you want to find help and learn what the therapist has to offer.
Together you will come up with a treatment plan that includes creating some form of artwork. Once you’ve started with this artwork, your therapist may sometimes monitor what you’re doing as you work without interference or control.
When you’re done with the artwork, the wizard will ask you questions such as how you feel about the artistic process, and what was easy or difficult about creating your artwork? What thoughts or memories you might have while working?
In general, the therapist will ask about your experience and feelings before providing any feedback.
Art therapy fights depression
When someone is battling depression or treating an anxiety disorder, talking to people is often the last thing they want. But the nature of art therapy can be more comfortable for him. Furthermore, art therapy helps engage different parts of the brain, which stimulates the release of “feel-good” brain chemicals.
Art therapy improves brain function
Receiving bad news from a doctor can be a devastating blow, especially for people who have been ill for a long time.
Art therapy can help people deal with the trauma of difficult diagnoses of serious diseases such as cancer.
Some research has also linked art therapy to improved mental function in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and lower levels of anxiety in children with asthma.
art therapy history
In the 1700s some psychiatrists began to use the arts in various forms of psychotherapy and the use of art in therapy developed into a professional specialty in the 1940s.
The field of art therapy continued to grow, master’s degree programs in art therapy began to emerge in the mid-20th century, and mental health experts from psychiatrists, analysts, social workers, psychologists, and counselors contributed to writing about the value of art therapy.
Drexel University began offering one of the first postgraduate therapy programs available in the late 1960s. New York University also introduced one of the nation’s first art therapy programs in the mid-1970s.
By the end of the 20th-century art, therapy was being used to help countless individuals all over the world.