What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
In Art Therapy, individuals are supported in their creative process to improve their psychological and socio-emotional well-being, including but not limited to:
improve behavioural and emotional regulation,
instil hope, increase motivation and empowerment,
promote insights and resolve inner conflicts,
foster emotional and psychological resilience,
develop self-awareness and instil self-confidence,
establish a positive sense of self and self-identity,
improve relationships and social skills,
enhance problem solving and coping skills.
Who facilitates Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is facilitated by professional Art Therapists who have undergone postgraduate training in Art Therapy. Practising Art Therapists are to undertake continuing professional development to ensure competency and expand repertoire of knowledge and tools.
Art Therapists in Ren Ci work with patients and residents with medical and mental health challenges, staff and caregivers for caregiver stress and self care, to support their emotional, creative, and spiritual growth.
How does Art Therapy work?
Art Therapy is provided individually or in groups, depending on individual/group's needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Individuals do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
What is unique about Art Therapy?
Through the creative process, Art Therapy provides a less intrusive approach to connect and understand one’s self, as well as to express and communicate what may be challenging to verbalise. This creates opportunities to reorganise and make sense of challenging experiences and emotions, bringing clarity and control to the situation.
Creativity harnesses the imagination and a sense of play. This can help those who have limited choices in their life to use the safe space of the therapeutic environment to learn to be more comfortable to improvise and open up new possibilities in their lives.
The main goal of Art Therapy is self expression. Any artwork produced is seen as a reflection or extension of its creator and primarily supports the therapeutic goal of the individual.