What is Art Therapy?
According to www.baat.org 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 diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapists create a therapeutic relationship, In which the child feels safe enough to express unconscious thoughts and feelings through the medium of art. Although the therapist cant change what has happened to a child, they can help a child understand why they feel in a certain way.
The medium of art therefore provides a means for a child to communicate and explore complex thoughts and feelings which they might not be able to express through words alone.
Once a child understands why they feel or behave in a certain way the therapist can work with parents and the school to think about ways to manage the behavioural or emotional difficulty.
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