How Can Art Help the Therapeutic Process?


How Can Art Help the Therapeutic Process?

If you create, perform, or interact with art, you’ve likely experienced its therapeutic impact. Creative exercises can express what is not easily communicated by language alone.

Art and movement provide new ways of understanding life’s challenges by using different parts of our brain.

Abstract ideas become tangible. Emotions we’ve been holding in can be released.

This creates opportunities for insight and solutions in difficult situations, especially when we feel stuck.

Expressive arts therapy can supplement talk therapy treatment for specific concerns in which verbal communication is more difficult, like in trauma.

Activites for all ages could include drawing pictures of family dynamics or creating a feelings collage about a life event.

Counselors can be trained Art Therapists, or receive training to use creative exercises as part of their toolbox, which is distinct from Art Therapy.

Watch other videos in our Psych in 60 series to learn more about Art Therapy and leave your questions in the comments below!

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Elise Howell, LPCA
Elise's passion is to collaborate with teen girls and their families in navigating the unpredictable years of adolescence, and supporting women in cultivating healthy relationships with their whole selves. She engages with clients' strengths to help clients process their stories, build skills to move them towards their goals, and reconnect with what’s most important to them in life. When she is not watching classic romantic comedies, Elise enjoys kayaking, hiking, and beach days with her husband. She loves all things Harry Potter and musical theater.


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