Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy. Using assessments based on art, helps to evaluate emotional, cognitive, and developmental conditions.
During an art therapy session at Valiant, you will be asked to express yourself through the use of a variety of different art materials. Art therapy has nothing to do with your artistic ability, or ability to recreate what you see. Your session will be a creative experience, but the goal is to reach within, and express yourself through art. Art in itself is very expressive, and like a dream, it can be very symbolic. Symbolic imagery is a deep form of communication, and a helpful way to discover underlying thoughts and feeling. It is helpful in communicating issues, emotions, and conflicts. It allows you to communicate meaning beyond words , gaining a better understanding of yourself and the way you relate to others.
The creative process, in and of itself, can be a health-enhancing and growth-producing experience. Creating art can be very therapeutic, you can express yourself on a multitude of levels. This can also lead to deep feelings of achievement, and well being.
Our goal through Art Therapy is that you will be able to use creative insight to help you work through some of life's difficult situations. Art Therapy can help improve your mental health, which will give you better insight into life. It helps enable you to make better decisions, cope better with stress, work through traumatic experiences, increase cognitive abilities and build better relationships.
Art Therapy combines traditional psycho-therapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, especially the effective properties of the different art materials. Art-based psychotherapy emphasizes the products (drawings, paintings, and other art expressions); resolving conflicts; solving problems; and formulating new perceptions that in turn lead to positive changes, growth, and healing.
Art as therapy and art psychotherapy are used together in varying degrees. In other words, art therapists use art making both as a healing process in itself, and also to communicate relevant personal and therapeutic information.
You are worthy and excellent, and you will face recovery with Boldness and Courage. Your recovery is heroic and you have shown great bravery on your road to healing!