Art therapy became popular in the beginning of the 1960th, but several years before the Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung stressed the importance of using drawings or paintings in psychotherapy in order to produce symbols from the unconscious mind as part of the healing process. Art therapy is a special form of psychotherapy which involves both creativity and psychological theories. The purpose of art therapy is essentially one of healing. Art therapy can be successfully applied to clients with physical, mental or emotional problems, diseases and disorders.
Art therapy is also an important supplement to visualization methods such as guided affective imagery and “The Personal Totem Pole Process”.
When you use a canvas and colors the therapist will help you to:
- Express feelings that are difficult to talk about
- Build self-esteem and confidence
- Work through existential problems
- Uncover and release blocked emotions
- Handle chronic pain/psychosomatic illnesses
Many people are not used to draw or paint, but actually this is the best starting point for the therapy. The technical or artistic quality of the picture is not important in art therapy. By drawing or painting spontaneously and intuitively you will more quickly reach the core of your problem.
Art therapy provides you with an opportunity to express strong and destructive emotions in a non-verbal and symbolic way in a supporting environment. It is always more easy to relate to a picture than to one’s self. Thus, unconscious conflicts can be uncovered through this method. You will definitively become more enlighten about yourself and thus gain much more self-confidence and self-esteem through this method.