Types of Art Therapy
Art is not just for self-described artists. The truth is, we are all creative and art therapy can be a really wonderful way to discover creativity, improve self-esteem, reduce stress, and boost mood. The basis of art therapy is the idea that art is a form of communication. When you’re creating art, whether it’s writing, collage, sculpture, or something else entirely, you’re expressing yourself and your own unique voice. Art therapy is also an opportunity to reflect on the past in a meditative and creative way, interact with imaginary and real worlds while using imagery and words, and approach old experiences in a new way. Art therapy is a form of self-expression that is different from verbal communication. When you’re making something, you can choose to share it or not, whereas during conversations, communication is all about sharing. Art therapy can be about finding more creative and intimate ways to communicate with yourself. Here are a few kinds of art therapy that can help you in your everyday life and on your recovery journey.
Drawing, painting, and collage. These are two-dimensional forms of art therapy that can connect you with color, paper, and simple materials.
Sculpture. Use wire, paper, wood, or clay to form abstract or lifelike structures. There are no rules.
Journaling, poetry, free writing, or memoir. Writing is an effective way to record your thoughts and choose to share them or not. You can choose to write from life or write a fictional story.
Art therapy is about communication, healing, and freedom. To get the most out of art therapy, avoid judgement and your inner critic. When you free yourself of judgement, you will likely realize that you are more creative than you thought.
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