Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Art expression under the direction of a licensed art therapist is a nonverbal way to communicate thoughts, feelings, experiences and imagination. Specific positive results can include:
- Reduced stress and tension.
- Pain relief.
- Personal insight.
- Improved mood and sense of well-being.
Anyone – adult or child, experienced artist or hesitant “non-artist” – can benefit from art therapy.
Art therapy sessions include both art-making and conversation. Patients may choose art materials such as paints, chalk, markers or clay.
For more information, visit the full Art Therapy webpage in UK HealthCare's Arts in HealthCare site.