Art therapy uses art as a means of externalizing emotions and experiences, helping them to be acknowledged, moved through the body and released. For example, if you have experienced trauma, you most likely experienced flashbacks and intrusive memories which are both stored in the visual cortex (visual memory of the brain), both of which can be processed and externalized in a safe way through the art as the art acts as a natural grounding and containment tool, which are both important in trauma processing to ensure the person is not re-triggered. For those who experience anxiety, art therapy can allow connection to emotions in a tolerable way which helps the body to learn overtime that you can experience your emotions. The art also allows a way of deeper understanding of the emotions, meaning talking about them allows a layer of understanding, but finding other ways of making sense of your emotions such as in a visual way allows you to have a greater understanding of your emotions. Find below four key ways that art therapy works:
Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts about how art therapy helps with trauma and how it helps with anxiety!
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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.