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The Power of Art Therapy

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Arts and Culture
More than being a tool for visual pleasure, art can actually be used to heal and maintain mental health.  This study has been widely acknowledged and is known as art therapy, the use of art in order to produce homeostasis or promote a well-balanced life to an individual.  This is used by psychiatrists both to mental patients as well as people seeking mental wellness.  Over time, it has been proved to be a successful way of expression and has been since then used to treat many mental health-related problems.  The power of art therapy is truly powerful and, at the same time, helpful for artistic cognition.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy where art is utilized in order to treat mental problems.  Such is possible through certain interpretations done by a patient in the act of art therapy.  There are certain representations and meanings to what every patient has drawn, and the role of the mental health professional then is to make sure that he or she decodes the problem in the most logical and best way possible.  Art therapy has many promising effects on an individual.  It can open up avenues for recollection in order to trace an existing problem in an individual.  It is also perfectly useful for treatment of stress.  Art therapy is a very promising tool for introspection because the piece of art will say for the person what that person cant say for himself.

For Whom is Art Therapy?

Art therapy can be used not only for mental health patients but also for people from any walks of life.  It can be used in clinical settings for mental health patients seeking treatment or for people who deem themselves to have a mental health-related problem.  Similar to psychotherapy appointments, art therapy is usually a segment of therapy.  A therapist armed with the proper degree and knowledge of art therapy is required in order to conduct such a segment.  Art therapy is also used to by art professionals to enhance creativity.  The good thing is that it not only enhances mental health for aspiring artists but, at the same time, improves the level of creativity of the artist.  It can also be used for children, who, while still young, can benefit greatly from art therapy as much as possible.  So if you are a person who wants to maintain mental wellness and, at the same time, increase your capacity for creativity and artistic cognition, make sure that you try art therapy.