Art therapy is a combination of psychology and creativity. It uses the language of color, symbols, and images instead of the usual verbal language; it allows you to access your internal resources that have not yet been called for.
“I like to paint and spend a lot of time doing art. For me, it's about hearing yourself and putting it out there as art. It's like a therapy thing.”
Combination art therapy does not contain the word "therapy" in it accidentally. Soothing, creative activities distract people from the cycle of annoying thoughts and at the same time provide an opportunity to concentrate and gather strength. Someone perceives it as a way of self-expression and self-knowledge. For others, art therapy is mostly creativity, immersion in the process, the opportunity to learn how to do something new - to paint with watercolors, make photo collages, write poetry.
This type of therapy develops the right brain hemisphere, intuition and emotional intelligence. Therefore, for many people it is a way to increase their success and productivity. This is a great tool for emotional self-regulation and mood management, which is the key to successful professional activity and self-realization. Creativity gives the ability to understand yourself and other people. It always stimulates changes in personal life and relationships. There are countless ways to look inside yourself with the help of art. Let us consider some of the most known ones.
Music therapy is a correction of a person’s physical and mental health with the help of musical-acoustic effects. Music has various therapeutic effects. It can be used to influence the well-being of a person.
Fine arts therapy primarily uses drawing. It gives an opportunity for internal conflicts to be released; helps to understand your own feelings and experiences; raises self-esteem; helps in the development of creative abilities.
Color therapy. Back in ancient times, people noticed that colors have a powerful effect on people. In ancient Egypt, people knew about the power and influence of colors and even constructed colored halls in some temples. They studied the use of colors and taught “color” healing. For example, orange and red change the frequency of the pulse and blood pressure and in general have a revitalizing effect; blue color, on the contrary, brings calmness.
Fairytale therapy is a method of sharing the necessary moral norms and rules with an individual (often a child), probably the oldest method of socialization and transfer of experience.
Clay therapy is working with clay, which allows you to gently rework and realize the traumatic experience. It is especially important for those people who find it difficult to "speak out", who find it difficult to talk about their feelings and experiences in situations of uncertainty.
Summing up, let’s take note that art therapy has a restorative, soothing, revitalizing, and calming effect on the mental and emotional state of a person. This is not only psychology but also the pleasure and joy of the very process of creativity, the opportunity to be a creator and regain the ease of childhood, when we were free and spontaneous in expressing our feelings, accepting every new thing with interest.