Put simply, anyone can benefit from art psychotherapy. It is suitable for all ages, genders and cultural backgrounds and no previous experience of art-making is necessary. It can be used by anyone who would like to increase their psychological insight and improve their emotional health, connect with their creativity, challenge themselves, improve their relationships, clear blockages or learn and heal from past experiences. Art psychotherapy focuses on a person’s positive wellbeing and strives to facilitate:
- Stress reduction
- Increased self-esteem
Art psychotherapy can also benefit those experiencing a range of symptoms or difficulties, including:
- Bereavement, grief or loss
- Negative body image
- Other emotional and relational issues
Art may bypass verbal defences and limitations, which can allow ah-ha moments to come to you sooner, and in a non-threatening way. As this type of therapy is less dependent on verbal expression alone, it can be particularly beneficial for those who are less comfortable or able to express themselves verbally. This is often true for children and young people, who may face problems conforming in school, personal problems at home or with peer groups.