What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy has many definitions and applications, but the simplest way to explain it is perhaps “utilizing various arts in a therapeutic context”, or making art to improve your mindset. While counseling is often beneficial, especially in conjunction with other treatments, you may not necessarily have to see a counselor experience some of the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression. In fact, there are many different artistic activities you can do in the comfort of your own home that may be beneficial, including painting, sketching, knitting, sculpting, or various musical outlets. It doesn’t have to be a specific type, just something you enjoy and are comfortable with!
While you do not need a professional to supervise your artistic therapy, it can often be helpful because these licensed professionals can tailor treatment to your specific needs. Also, group-centric art therapy can be excellent for building connections with other people; a hallmark of successful treatment for depression. Art therapy should only be used with a willing participant. It can at times be as powerful, emotional, and revealing as more mainstream treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.