The Process and Benefits of Art Therapy

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Thu, Feb 14, 2013  
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The process of art therapy starts like this when the patient is given paper and pencils, crayons etc. It may be a closed session with the psychotherapist or a group session depending on the patient’s mind set.

 

After the drawing session is complete, there is a discussion about the sketch or the painting. This is only if the parent is willing to talk. The rules of verbal therapy apply here as well. But never push a patient to talk.

 

The session must be informal. The patient must never feels that he/she must draw or must paint. They must know this is a flexible exercise.

 

 Art as a mode of communication can be even more powerful than verbal means, as it can bring out experiences and feeling in a less threatening and more acceptable format. It is be highly therapeutic and may even make patients more verbally articulate.

 

Case studies have shown a shift of attitude towards more future-oriented goals from patients after their therapy. Group therapy is very helpful for victims of trauma. A lone patient may find it easier to open up and participate in discussions about their drawings when there are patients doing the same. It brings in a sense of security. Also they draw strengths from each other and provide suggestions as well as support.

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