“Beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities…” ~ Plato
- Therapy is capable of promoting self-expression, feelings, and emotions.
- It has the ability to facilitate positive perspectives on one’s life.
- It is capable of promoting a sense of personal independence, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency.
- Therapy has the ability to help a child work through difficult experiences.
- It allows a child to verbally and nonverbally communicate emotions that might otherwise be abandoned or sealed from society.
- Therapy instills constructive techniques to self-manage.
- It can increase one’s awareness and orientation (i.e. persons, places, dates, and times)
- It is capable of facilitating and developing strategies for hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and finger dexterity and speed.
- It encourages the development of healthy coping strategies.
- Therapy can facilitate insight, empathy, and acceptance of other’s life challenges.
- It is capable of promoting problem-solving skills.
- Art therapy is capable of exploring, managing, and providing insight into traumatic experiences.
- A child receiving therapy is encouraged to develop interpersonal skills
- Therapy empowers and gives a voice to those receiving therapy.
- It is capable of helping a child increase their attention-span while decreasing any festering frustrations.
Refer to the article posted by Asa Don Brown in Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association website https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/psychological-benefits-of-art-therapy/