Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Integrative Arts Psychotherapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Anyone can use it, you don’t need to be talented or an artist, and there are professionals that can work with you and delve into the underlying messages communicated through art.
Integrative Arts Psychotherapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counselling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy can be used to massage one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.
For the most part, anyone can use Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive arts is yet another. One of the major differences between Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and other forms of communication is that most other forms of communication elicit the use of words or language as a means of communication. Often times, humans are incapable of expressing themselves within this limited range.
One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for a person to express his/her feelings through any form of art. Though there are other types of expressive therapies (such as the performing arts), Integrative Arts Psychotherapy as discussed here typically utilizes more traditional forms of art such as; painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, or a variety of other types of visual art expression.