The focus on expressive art therapy is the cathartic effect the creative process has on the individual taking part and focuses the minds capacity to transform experiences into shapes and forms. When art techniques are used in tandem with traditional to promote mental health, the approach is referred to as ‘integrative’.
Expressive art therapy is related closely to music therapy and drama therapy. Each of these therapies can be done in a variety of ways and expressive art therapy can incorporate music, writing, drama, painting and or movement. People using expressive arts therapy are encouraged by a qualified therapist to explore feelings, emotions via pictures, painting, and writings.
Conditions treated with expressive arts therapy.
· Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
· Chronic mental illness
· Eating disorders
· Social challenges
· High stress levels
· Developmental disabilities
Studies have indicated that music may improve people who are experiencing development, behavioural and social issues by helping with self-confidence, self-esteem. Younger children with social anxiety and hyperactivity have also known to benefit from expression art therapy.
Ways in which expression therapy art can be conveyed.
· Finger painting
· Sand tray work
· Acrylic paint pouring
· Mask making
· Kinetic family drawing technique
Sometimes we find it hard to communicate how we are feelings via conversation and the creative process can be a way of expressing situations we have lived through. This type of therapy can cause the person to feel empowered and even give a new outlook on a situation. People using expression art therapy are not required to have any artistic skill and is suitable for all ages.
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