Expressive-Art Therapy For Children
When children experience anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem or begin to act-out, artistic expression is a natural way to communicate difficult feelings and emotions. By using their imagination to create art and reflect on their drawings and paintings, a child can increase their self-awareness, and work with a counselor to gain coping skills to better handle stressors such as, life transitions, peer relationship challenges, bullying, grief or traumatic past experiences. Counseling can help children identify and express emotions and conflicts, enhance problem-solving, and increase self-esteem.
More Information About Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a psychotherapy process utilizing a variety of art media including crayons, paint, markers, play dough, glitter, clay, collage, and many other materials to help children and others heal from psychological difficulties they may be experiencing.
Art therapy has been proven to be a creative outlet for children struggling with challenges in their young lives. Children often find it difficult to properly express themselves in a clinical setting, especially very young children who have limited vocabularies. However, children are naturally creative, and it is usually easy for them to draw a picture rather than answer questions. The art therapist will provide the artist materials, customized to the individual needs of each child.
With the help of the trained therapist, the child will be able to discover the meaning of the picture and discuss the underlying issues that inspired the artwork. Working together, the therapist will guide the child to grow and heal.
The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.”
Children may be reluctant, angry, or may not have the words to convey feelings about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening method that allows youngsters to face serious issues in a creative way.
People of all ages can utilize art therapy to heal or cope with difficulties. Art therapy allows children and adults to focus on their inner experiences, feelings and perceptions with the goal of healing through creativity.
Clients who have experienced emotional trauma, physical violence, domestic abuse, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues can benefit from expressing themselves creatively.
Using art materials reinforces and expands on the information a child has already learned in other contexts. Fine-motor skills are developed through art activities. Small-muscle control is needed in order to manipulate clay, cut with scissors, paint with a brush, and color with markers or crayons. Creating artwork builds a child’s self-esteem and validates a child’s sense of worth.
Benefits of art therapy including helping people communicate, overcome stress, express feelings about illness, medical treatment or traumatic experiences, increase awareness of self and others, enhance cognitive abilities, and experience emotional healing.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]