“Art therapy is a form of experiential therapy, an approach to recovery that addresses emotional and spiritual needs through creative or physical activity. It is not necessary to have a background in the arts or artistic talent to participate; individuals only need to be open to the experience and to engage actively to benefit from these sessions. Many clients find that art therapy is a relaxing and enjoyable way to address some of the more complex aspects of rehab. Creative activity provides a way to process some of the stressful emotions and anxieties that can emerge during treatment. After rehab, activities like painting or drawing, can be used throughout the individual’s life as a way to express feelings, explore creativity, and reduce stress.
According to the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), art therapy is a mental health modality that can help the individual in a variety of important ways:
- By resolving emotional conflicts
- By building self-esteem
- By encouraging self-awareness
- By reducing anxiety
- By developing social skills”
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