Art Therapy

Art therapy can be described as a triangular relationship for its core participants – the therapist, the client and the art. One does not need to be good at art in order to engage in Art Therapy. The art in Art therapy functions as a tool through which the client – child, adolescent, adult or elderly – may choose to express themselves, alongside the spoken word or other forms. The relationship between words and images become an interplay within the therapy space and allow a deeper dialogue. Art Therapy can be suitable for clients with a range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These may include emotional, behavioural, physical, sociable, mental health problems and neurological conditions.

The safe space provided by the art therapist as he watches the client in the act of art making can invite the unconscious into the room, creating a unique setting. A specialised art psychotherapist works with images and words within a psychotherapy framework and is trained to unravel the unconscious thoughts, which would appear in different forms in the safe space and in the artwork. The client would be invited to share their thoughts, feelings and associations about their artwork and through this discussion and sharing the art therapist makes links between the conscious and unconscious and may offer some to the client.

Through this process a therapeutic relationship is formed and trust is established, which is key to enable a space for repair to unresolved areas in past or present relationships. This process is allowing the client to start a dialogue with parts of themselves, which may have not been conscious before, but now physically appear in the artwork and within the therapeutic relationship and are easier to relate to.