Art Therapy and Adults
People come to Art Therapy for many different reasons. Art Therapy is a creative form of psychotherapy and can be helpful for a variety of concerns:
- Separation and loss
Some adults want help with something that is troubling them, others simply want to learn something more about themselves.
Art therapists offer an opportunity to think with another person in a confidential setting. Sometimes a one-off consultation is all that is wanted. At other times a first meeting leads to further exploration and a regular weekly appointment is arranged. Ongoing appointments usually take place at the same time each week.
People who come to Art Therapy need have no previous experience or skill in art. Some clients prefer art-making to talking. Others choose to talk and many use a mixture of both.
Art Therapy is different from conventional talking therapies: the art materials provide another dimension. ‘I pick up the art materials and it’s as though the drawing starts making itself,’ said an Art Therapy client.
In BBC 2’s ‘Culture Show’ (see the Testimonials page) another Art Therapy client initially said: ‘I can’t draw. I couldn’t paint’. However he did try Art Therapy and stated: ‘It’s very calming. I can actually put things on paper that I couldn’t actually say. I couldn’t actually explain it but I can put it down on paper.’