Does the idea of drawing feel daunting to you? I often here this from adult client’s when I share how art therapy can support them to achieve what they are working towards whether it is breaking through the impacts of past trauma, experiencing more confidence and feeling relaxed in their own skin, or feeling less anxious and more able to navigate life’s ups and downs.
The good news is you do not need to know how to draw to do art therapy, as the process of the art is the key part of the art therapy process and not the aesthetics of the final product. In art therapy we do offer opportunity to discuss what you as the client created, but it is not about evaluation of your use of colour, or working on rendering the images for more realism. Rather, what do the colours you use mean for you, and how is this image important to you and what meaning does it hold.
In addition, some people feel they cannot draw because of previous messaging they received about their abilities that stopped the natural creative process we are all born with. When client’s experience art therapy, it can help them reconnect to that part of themselves, that unfortunately got lost along the way.
With this said, starting with a white page can feel daunting for many, and can further exasperate the feeling of the inability to draw. With the guidance of the art therapist, client’s can be supported and guided through this commonly faced hurdle. With any new thing it usually feels most uncomfortable at the start, but most client’s share after giving it a try they were glad they did.
It is important to talk with your therapist about how you are feeling, so together you can figure out what the best therapy approach and the best next steps are for you.
If you need additional support reach out to me, I am Nicole Levy, and I am here as your helping hand, let’s get started, book your complimentary initial consult today https://www.mindfulhealingjourney.ca/#/
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.