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What is Art Therapy?

Let's take a look at Art Therapy and how it can be of benefit to you.

Art therapy is a form of therapy that can be done informally and/or formally.

Art therapy involves the use of different creative expressions such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people articulate and voice their emotions and feelings thru their art. It is also a way to decrease stress and anxiety by focusing attention on creation without any pressures or expectations of outcome.

Art therapy can be beneficial to someone who has experienced trauma or is suffering from PTSD.

If you are looking for a structured setting utilizing art therapy then seeing an art psychotherapist may be a great option for you.

One of the tools that I have learned to utilize when I am feeling stressed or anxious (or when I just feel like being creative without any pressure) is art therapy. And more specifically Paint by Numbers. I have found that being able to listen to my favorite music, podcast, or YouTuber while painting has helped me to relax and feel as though I am making art without having to come up with what and how to paint.

I typically purchase my Paint By Number kits from Craft Ease. I love Craft Ease because they support independent artists. The company collaborates with artists who receive revenue from each canvas or diamond painting kit purchased and with each purchase I am able to support an artist while also becoming one myself.

I also believe that any form of expression can be utilized as art therapy if it provides you with a way to reduce stress and/or provide a safe outlet for your emotions.

Cooking, for example is also a form of art therapy for me. I enjoy seeing what kind of different colors and combinations I can put together when creating a meal. I love taking different random ingredients or leftovers and creating an entirely new and yet simple plate of nutritious food that feeds my Body, Mind, & Spirit.

A simple doodle on a piece of paper can provide some fun and release for you. Do not be afraid to try different modalities and see what works for you in your life. Art Therapy can be as complex or simple as you want to make it.

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